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Information about Governance and Audit Committee

To be responsible for:


(a) Corporate Governance


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.


3. 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 officers.


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 reviews.


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 it).


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.


(b) Accounts and Audit

1. Considering the Council’s arrangement relating to accounts including;


(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.


2. Considering the Council’s arrangements relating to the external audit requirements including the receipt of the external audit reports so as to;


(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.


3. Considering the external auditor’s report to those charged with governance on issues arising from the audit of the accounts.


4. Considering the Council’s arrangements relating to internal audit requirements including:


(i) considering the Annual Internal Audit report, reviewing and making recommendations on issues contained therein;

(ii) monitoring the management and performance of internal audit;

(iii) agreeing and reviewing the nature and scope of the Annual Audit Plan.


5. Considering summaries of specific internal audit reports of significance or as requested.


6. Considering reports from internal audit on agreed recommendations not implemented within a reasonable timescale.


7. Considering specific reports as agreed with the external auditor.


8. Recommending to the Council the appointment of the Council’s external auditor.


9. Scrutinising the draft Treasury Management Strategy.


(c) Regulatory Framework (Assurance Framework)

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.


3. Monitoring Council policies on confidential reporting code, anti-fraud and anti-corruption policy and Council’s complaint process.


4. Approving 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

1. Promote and maintain high standards of conduct by Councillors and co-opted members.


Any Member 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 Accounts.

Nominations be 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 four years.