This framework defines the principles that should underpin the governance of each local government body and provides a structure to help individual authorities with their own approach to governance.
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Each local government body operates through a governance framework which brings together an underlying set of legislative requirements, governance principles and management processes. Delivering Good Governance in Local Government : Framework defines the principles that should underpin the governance of each local government body. It provides a structure to help individual authorities with their own approach to governance. The Framework is intended to be followed as best practice for developing and maintaining a local code of governance and for discharging accountability for the proper conduct of public business, through the publication of an annual governance statement that will make the adopted practice open and explicit.
In England, the preparation and publication of an annual governance statement in accordance with the Framework will be necessary to meet the statutory requirement set out in Regulation 4(2) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2003, as amended by the Accounts and Audit (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006 for authorities to prepare a statement of internal control in accordance with ‘proper practices’.
The supplement to the Framework serves to define such ‘proper practices’. In Wales, it will also be necessary similarly to meet the requirements of the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2005. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, the preparation and publication of an annual governance statement in accordance with the Framework will satisfy the requirements of Chapter 7 of the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom: A Statement of Recommended Practice.
Whatever form of executive arrangements are in place, authorities are urged to test their structures against the principles contained in the Framework. The Framework presents authorities with an opportunity to set a new standard for good governance. Good governance is important to all involved in local government. However, it is a key responsibility of the leader of the council (or equivalent) and of the chief executive (or equivalent). This document will be of particular importance to them, to other members of the leadership team and to the full council or authority, and also to all those responsible for monitoring and providing assurance on governance arrangements.
In 2012 CIPFA/SOLACE issued an Addendum to the Delivering Good Governance in Local Government: Framework and an accompanying Briefing note.
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