ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT ACTION PLAN PROGRESS REPORT

 

Governance and Audit Committee   June 2017

 

Report Author                         Director of Corporate Governance

 

Portfolio Holder                       Corporate governance – Cllr Derek Crow-Brown

 

Status                                      For Information

 

Classification:                          Unrestricted

 

Key Decision                           No

 

Ward:                                      All

 

Executive Summary:

To provide a progress report on the Annual Governance Statement 2015/16 action plan.

 

Recommendation(s):

That Members note the content of annex 1 and identify any issues on which they require more clarification

 

 

CORPORATE IMPLICATIONS

Financial and Value for Money

There are no financial issues arising directly from this report or any additional budget requirement Corporate The Annual Governance Statement action plan is a corporate document that addresses the areas of improvement identified as necessary through the Annual Governance Statement process.

Legal

There are no legal implications arising directly from this report. However failure to comply with statutory timescales may have legal implications.

Corporate

The Annual Governance Statement action plan is a corporate document that addresses the areas of improvement identified as necessary through the Annual Governance Statement process.

Equalities Act 2010 & Public Sector Equality Duty

Members are reminded of the requirement, under the Public Sector Equality Duty (section 149 of the Equality Act 2010) to have due regard to the aims of the Duty at the time the decision is taken.  The aims of the Duty are: (i) eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act, (ii) advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it, and (iii) foster good relations  between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

 

Protected characteristics: age, gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief and pregnancy & maternity.  Only aim (i) of the Duty applies to Marriage & civil partnership.

 

Please indicate which aim is relevant to the report.

Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act,

 

Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

 

Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

 

Compliance with the PSED will be considered in implementing individual elements of the action plan

 

CORPORATE PRIORITIES (tick those relevant)ü

 

 

CORPORATE VALUES (tick those relevant)ü

 

A clean and welcoming Environment 

 

 

Delivering value for money

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Promoting inward investment and job creation

 

 

Supporting the Workforce

ü   

Supporting neighbourhoods

 

 

Promoting open communications

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1.0       Introduction and Background

 

1.1       This report provides Governance and Audit Committee with an update on progress in implementing the Annual Governance Statement 2015/16 action plan.

2.0       The Current Position

 

2.1       For the period 2015/16, the Council prepared an Annual Governance Statement

(AGS) which was agreed by the Governance and Audit Committee on the 20th

September 2016.

 

2.2       Within the Annual Governance Statement 2015/16 areas of concern identified from the numerous assessments into our governance arrangements were detailed as

‘Significant Governance Issues’.

 

2.3       The council proposed to take steps to address these matters and report on the action

plan to this committee on a regular basis. The action plan is attached as appendix 1

for Members’ information.

 

Contact Officer:

Tim Howes, Director of Corporate Governance

Reporting to:

Madeline Homer, Chief Executive

 

Annex List

 

Annex 1

Action Plan

 

Background Papers

 

Title

Details of where to access copy

Annual Governance Statement

Council website

 

 

 

Corporate Consultation

 

Finance

Tim Willis, Director of Corporate Resources

Legal

Tim Howes, Director of Corporate Governance