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Annual Governance Statement 2017/18 - Shared Internal Audit Services (SIAS)

Decision Maker: Audit Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Corporate Director introduced the Annual Governance Statement for 2017/18 to the Committee. The Statement explained how the Council had maintained sound governance during the 2017/18 financial year and how the Council met the requirements of the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015. The Director pointed out that this Statement was very closely related to the Statement of Accounts to be considered later in the meeting, and that these documents provided information on the Council’s general performance in 2017/18.


The Corporate Director highlighted that assurance had been provided with actions at several different levels through continuous monitoring, for example through Performance Management Boards and Heads of Service signing Management Assurance Statements.


The Annual Governance Statement process had identified six issues for inclusion in the 2017/18 Action Plan.  This was composed of the four significant governance issues included in the 2016/17 Annual Governance Statement Action Plan:

a) Cyber Security

b) Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity and Resilience

c) General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

d) Newberries Car Park Development

With the addition of two new areas in recognition of the pressures facing the Borough.

e) Homelessness and Temporary Accommodation

f) Workforce Capacity, Succession Planning and Use of Temporary Staff

It was recognised that the first three issues were interlinked and that after an external review had led to a cloud strategy for backup which would help improve resilience.  Good progress had also been made on GDPR.




1)    the Council’s Annual Governance Statement (AGS) and Action Plan be approved.


2)    the Action Plan associated with the Annual Governance Statement be noted.


3)    subject to any changes required prior to their signing, the Annual Governance Statement be included in the Statement of Accounts 2017/18.

Report author: Chris Wood

Publication date: 20/06/2018

Date of decision: 31/05/2018

Decided at meeting: 31/05/2018 - Audit Committee

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