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Annual Governance Statement

The purpose of the Annual Governance Statement (AGS) is to provide assurance regarding the Council’s governance arrangements. Essentially, it accounts for the extent to which the Council has complied with its Governance Code ( also included on this website).

The format and wording of the AGS are based upon official guidance. In respect of the previous financial year, it lists the key elements of the Council’s governance framework – those systems and processes which must be effective if there is to be a high standard of governance across the Council. It summarises how assurance is obtained on these systems and processes, and lists the key areas where improvement is needed. Progress on any improvements is monitored during the following year.

The AGS is published as part of the Council’s Annual Statement of Accounts, but because it is not restricted to financial issues, it is produced here as a separate document.