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Audit Committee – 23 June 2008

ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT


Report of the Acting Head of Financial Services
Ward(s) affected: All Wards


1.         Purpose of Report –

1.1        To introduce and explain the requirements for reporting and approving an Annual
           Governance Statement (AGS) (formerly known as the Statement on Internal Control (SIC))
           covering the financial year 2007/08.


2.         Recommendations –

2.1        That the Draft Annual Governance Statement for 2007/08 is noted and referred for
           approval to Policy Committee.


3.         Background –

3.1        Regulation 4 of the Accounts and Audit regulations (2003) (as amended) requires
           the Council to conduct a review at least once a year of the effectiveness of its
           system of internal control and to publish a statement on internal control each year
           with the Council’s financial statements.

3.2        For 2007/08 this requirement has changed. Now the Statement of Internal Control
           has been revised with the requirement to produce an Annual Governance Statement
           (AGS), although its content is broadly similar to the former Statement of Internal
           Control.

           Annual Governance Statement

3.3        The AGS (formerly known as the SIC) explains how the council has complied with
           the local code of governance, how we are complying with regulation 4(2) of the
           Accounts and Audit Regulations 2003 as amended by the Accounts and Audit
           (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006 in relation to the publication of a
           statement on internal control. In addition, as before, there is a section setting out
           any future actions that may be needed to strengthen our corporate governance
           arrangements.




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3.4        Whilst most of the required information is currently within the SIC, the format has
           been changed so as to link with the main sub-principle headings within the Local
           Code.

3.5        The section on future actions will pick up any areas within the Local Code that are
           perhaps not yet fully in place, plus any outcomes of the 2007 Use of Resources
           assessment currently in progress, as well as any other local issues.


4.         Implications

4.1        Financial Implications – None

4.2        Legal Implications – There is a legal requirement as part of approval of the annual
           statement of accounts.

4.3        Contribution to Corporate Priorities – Approval and adoption of both documents
           is a key aspect of demonstrating that Craven District Council has a formal and
           established response to the Corporate Governance requirements.

4.4        Risk Management – There are no particular implications but the council must
           continue to embed risk management into its culture.


5.         Consultations with Others
           Monitoring Officer

6.         Access to Information : Background Documents –



7.         Author of the Report – Tony Plant, Acting Head of Financial Services,
           01756-706271, aplant@cravendc.gov.uk

8.         Appendices

           Appendix A – Annual Governance Statement




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