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Governance

Shared service governance

Every year an annual review of governance is undertaken to confirm that good governance was in place across the Council during the previous financial year. 

This is a requirement of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and follows the CIPFA framework for delivering good governance in local government which is considered ‘proper practice’ under the regulations.

A new framework was published by CIPFA in 2016 that Councils are required to demonstrate compliance with from April 2017 i.e. for the 2016/17 financial year. 

The new framework places greater emphasis on obtaining assurance that good governance is operating in partnership arrangements and therefore a self assessment was introduced.

The CIPFA framework contains 7 core principles each with a set of sub-principles. 

Six areas across four of the core principles require specific assurance on partnership working.

Self assessments against the governance principles are obtained for partnership arrangements.