To present the Committee with the Annual Governance Statement for 2018/19, update the Committee on progress against the Action Plan agreed in June 2018 and to make recommendations for further actions arising from the report.
Sanjay Prashar, Borough Solicitor, attended the Committee and presented a summary of the Annual Governance Statement for 2018/19.
Members were directed to the Executive Summary which reported on the effectiveness of the Council’s governance arrangements during 2018/19 and took note of a diagram of the overview of the Council’s governance framework.
The statement included a summary of assurance for each of the seven principles on which the Statement was based, which were:
The progress to address 3 important governance improvement areas from 2017/18 were highlighted:
PROPOSED ACTION: Continue to take a proactive approach to counter fraud and whistle blowing, promoting the Council’s policies and focussing internal audit activity on areas of high risk.
UPDATE: Fraud Newsletters now produced regularly. Seven fraud awareness training Sessions open to all staff already held in quarter 4 of 2018/19.
PROPOSED ACTION: Review by Standards Framework Working Group of the efficacy of introducing specific requirements in the Councillor Code of Conduct relating to the use of social media.
UPDATE: Social Media Training including in Member Development Programme agreed by Member Development Charter Working Group.
PROPOSED ACTION: To undertake a review of current compliance with GDPR and take any remedial steps as necessary (6 month post implementation review).
UPDATE: Compliance activity undertaken by DPO and IMG against action plan.
Update provided to CMT in December 2018.
Sanjay advised the Committee that the key action points – and their owner – for the year ahead were:
In response to questions from Members, Sanjay Prashar, Borough Solicitor advised the Committee that:
RESOLVED: that the draft Annual Governance Statement and action plan appended to it be approved.