Joint Report of the Corporate Director of Resources / Treasurer to the Joint Committee and the Corporate Director of Regeneration and Local Services.
The Joint Committee considered a Joint Report of the Corporate Director of Resources / Treasurer to the Joint Committee and the Corporate Director of Regeneration and Local Services which provided details of the Annual Governance Statement (AGS) for the year April 2017 to March 2018 (for copy see file of minutes).
The Principal Accountant, Ed Thompson, reminded Members that the AGS was prepared in line with CIPFA and SOLACE guidance and formed part of the Annual Return for the Joint Committee. Councillors were reminded that the AGS set out the governance framework for the Joint Committee and was informed by the views of Internal Audit, which had been set out in the report to the Joint Committee in April, noting “substantial assurance”. There were no significant governance issues or matters worthy of disclosing in the AGS.
It was added that the AGS looked to answer seven assertions relevant to the Joint Committee, as set out within the report and the AGS at Appendix 2, providing evidence of how the Joint Committee and Crematorium satisfy those assertions.
The Vice-Chairman noted the report and AGS were very good documents and well presented.
That the Annual Governance Statement be approved for consideration as part of the Joint Committee’s Annual Return for the financial year ended 31 March 2018 and that the Chairman and Treasurer be authorised to sign the Statement.