The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 required the Council to conduct a review each financial year of the effectiveness of its system of internal control and approve an Annual Governance Statement (AGS). The statement had to be approved alongside the Council approving the statement of accounts. Guidance on the process was contained in the CIPFA / SOLACE framework and guidance on ‘Delivering Good Governance in Local Government’. 2 new specific areas of commentary in this AGS were a) The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the Council’s governance arrangements and b) An assessment that had been undertaken during the year of the extent to which the Council’s financial management arrangements complied with the principles of the CIPFA Financial Management Code 2019 (FM Code).
A typographical error was identified in Para 7.1.4 which stated “HPBC” and should have read “SMDC”.
RESOLVED – That the Annual Governance Statement 2020/21 be APPROVED.