Delivering good outcomes for the residents and communities we
serve through a constructive, proactive and objective consideration
of the Council’s;
Financial, risk, governance and internal control
Ethical principles and standards
Committee also has the sole responsibility and ability to use
specific constitutional powers through;
‘CALL TO ACCOUNT’’ process to:-
Scrutinise and review decisions made or actions taken in connection
with the discharge of any of the Executive functions of the
Consider petitions made in accordance with the County
Council’s Petitions Scheme requiring senior Officers to be
called to account at a public meeting of the Council.
‘CALL IN’ process to consider;
Matters referred through the Councillor Call for
iii) (At the request of a petition
organiser) to review the adequacy of steps
taken by the County Council in response to a qualifying
1. To provide the Council with independent
assurance in relation to:
i) internal and external audit and
organisation-wide external inspection reports
ii) financial controls, data quality, risk
management and other internal control systems
iii) the integrity of the financial reporting
and annual governance processes
iv) financial irregularities and losses
2. To consider procedural issues relating to
the Account and Audit Regulations.
3. To scrutinise and authorise the County
Council's Statement of Accounts, including the Statement of
4. To review any Auditor's reports under the
Statement of Auditing Standards (SAS 610), consider the officer
recommendations and make proposals to the County Council regarding
the formal response to be given to the Auditor.
5. Supporting the Chief Financial Officer in
his/her statutory role.
1. Overseeing and reporting to
the County Council on proposed changes to the Council’s
Constitution (save for the Scheme of
Members’ Allowances which will be subject to consideration
and recommendation direct to the County Council by the Independent
2. To receive the
Council’s Annual Governance Statement and Local Code of
Corporate Governance compliance assessment to evaluate the
Council’s governance arrangements.
3. Consider any findings of
maladministration by the Local Government Ombudsman.
4. Advise the County Council on
the adoption or revision of the Members’ Code of Conduct and
monitoring its operation to ensure adherence to high standards
across the Council.
5. Providing advice and/or
training on matters relating to the Members’ Code of
6. Making representations to
the Government, Local Government Association and other external
bodies on matters relating to the General Principles of Conduct for
members or employees of the County Council.
7. Advising members, co-opted
members and church and parent governor representatives as to the
rules for disclosure of interests and for granting
8. Overseeing the
Council’s Protocol for Member/Officer Relations and the
Whistleblowing, Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Strategy and
other probity related documents.
9. Overseeing the development
and implementation of a Code of Practice for elected members
representing the County Council on the boards of voluntary
organisations and other independent bodies.
10. Supporting the Monitoring
Officer in his/her statutory role.