To be responsible for:
1. Monitoring the operation of
the Council’s Constitution and keeping its terms under
review, including all procedure rules.
2. Considering and making
recommendations on any proposal to make changes to the constitution
prior to its consideration by the Council.
To inform the work of the Remuneration Panel in advance of them
making submissions to Council.
4. To keep under review the terms
of reference of member level bodies and delegations of Council
functions to committees and formally appointed bodies and
5. Agreeing and updating
regularly the Council’s Local Code of Governance.
6. Monitoring its operation and
compliance with it, and using it as a benchmark against performance
for the Annual Governance Statement.
7. Following a decision of
Council to undertake a community governance review to agree the
terms of reference for and conduct such a review, making
recommendations to Council who will determine the outcome of such
8. Exercising functions relating
to elections and parishes set out in Part D of Schedule 1 to the
Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (England)
Regulations 2000 (or any replacement or amendment of
9. Reviewing the adequacy of the
Council’s corporate governance arrangements (including
matters such as internal control and risk management) and approving
the annual governance statement.
10. To approve the financial and
contract procedure rules between Annual Councils.
Accounts and Audit
1. Considering the
Council’s arrangement relating to accounts
(i) the approval of the statement
of accounts and any material amendments of the accounts recommended
by the auditors;
(ii) to keep
under review the Council’s financial and management accounts
and financial information as it sees fit.
the Council’s arrangements relating to the external audit
requirements including the receipt of the external audit reports so
(i) inform the operation of the Council’s
current or future audit arrangements;
(ii) provide a
basis for gaining the necessary assurance regarding governance
prior to the approval of the Council’s accounts.
the external auditor’s report to those charged with
governance on issues arising from the audit of the
the Council’s arrangements relating to internal audit
(i) considering the Annual Internal Audit
report, reviewing and making recommendations on issues contained
(ii) monitoring the management and performance
of internal audit;
and reviewing the nature and scope of the Annual Audit
summaries of specific internal audit reports of significance or as
reports from internal audit on agreed recommendations not
implemented within a reasonable timescale.
specific reports as agreed with the external auditor.
to the Council the appointment of the Council’s external
the draft Treasury Management Strategy.
(c) Regulatory Framework (Assurance
1. Reviewing any
issues referred to it by the Chief Executive, a Director, the Chief
Finance Officer or any Council body.
2. Monitoring the
effective development and operation of risk management and
corporate governance in the Council.
Council policies on confidential reporting code, anti-fraud and
anti-corruption policy and Council’s complaint
payments or providing other benefits in cases of maladministration
as required and making recommendations arising from any review of a
report of the Local Government Ombudsman.
(d) Ethics and standards
Promote and maintain high standards
of conduct by Councillors and co-opted members.
wishing to serve or substitute on this Committee must have
undertaken such training as deemed appropriate by the Monitoring
Officer, and as a minimum, within the previous two years of the
date of the meeting, and in particular members must receive
training prior to approval of the Annual Statement of
sought to form a pool of trained substitutes in order to ensure
that decisions are made by fully trained members.
The Leader of the
Council, other group leaders, the Chairman of the Challenge and
Improvement Committee and the Chairman of the Standards
Sub-Committee may be required to attend this committee but may not
be appointed to it.
The committee will include at
least one independent member and the normal term of office shall be