Regulation 6 (1) (a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 requires the Council to conduct a review each financial year of the effectiveness of its system of internal control and to approve an Annual Governance Statement (AGS). The statement needs to be prepared in accordance with proper practices in relation to accounts and must be approved in advance of the Council approving the statement of accounts. ‘Proper practices in relation to accounts’ relates to those accounting practices which are contained in a code of practice or other document which is identified for the purposes of this provision by regulations made by the Secretary of State, Such guidance is contained in the CIPFA/SOLACE framework and guidance on ‘Delivering Good Governance in Local Government’. In response to a query, it was confirmed that the statement had been prepared om accordance with the latest guidance.
That the Annual Governance Statement 2020/21 be approved.