The Head of Governance and Monitoring Officer submitted a report setting out the Council’s draft Annual Governance Statement for 2016/17. The Council was required to prepare and publish an Annual Governance Statement to meet the statutory requirements set out in the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015.
Members noted the report.
Councillor D Fairbairn asked how many complaints/whistle blowing we had received.
The Assurance, Risk and Audit Manager confirmed complaints are reported to the Senior Management Team every month and these are submitted into the performance report. With regards to Whistleblowing we receive annual feedback which none have been reported.
Councillor A Davis-Johnston suggested merging sections 3.9 and 3.19 or bring them closer together in the report.
The Assurance, Risk and Audit Manager agreed this was a good suggestion and a good approach. The Procurement documents are currently being updated.
The Audit Committee approved the draft Annual Governance Statement and agreed the recommendations.
Councillor D Fairbairn moved approval.
Councillor M Bainbridge seconded.