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Local Code of Corporate Governance

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The council is committed to good corporate governance arrangements. The basic principles are that we must carry out our functions in a way that demonstrates accountability, effectiveness, integrity, inclusiveness and are up to date.

In April 2016 the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Society of Local Government Chief Executives (SOLACE) issued their document “Delivering Good Governance in Local Government: a Framework”. This document superseded the one produced in 2007 and defines the principles that should underpin the governance of each local government organisation.

The Code of Corporate Governance [PDF, 278Kb] has been updated using the principles contained in the Framework. The Code is a public statement of our commitment to the principles of good corporate governance.  It sets out the way we will meet the principles outlined in the Framework.

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 require us to publish with its accounts an annual governance statement (AGS). The AGS must accompany the final accounts. The AGS sets out our governance framework and the results of the annual review of the our governance arrangements.

The Annual Governance Statement 2018-19 [PDF, 194Kb] shows that we have well-established governance arrangements that are monitored and reviewed on a regular basis. Changes and enhancements described in the AGS demonstrate our commitment to continual improvement. Governance issues requiring further development are also identified in the AGS.