What is Corporate Governance?
Governance is about how local government bodies ensure they are doing the right things, in the right way, for the right people, in a timely, inclusive open, honest and accountable manner.
It comprises the systems and processes, and cultures and values, by which local authorities are directed and controlled and through which they account to, engage with and, where appropriate, lead their communities.
First class corporate governance arrangements are essential to help us to deliver our vision for Hyndburn, ensuring the best services and the best use of resources.
The Council adopted a local Code of Corporate Governance in April 2009. The local Code follows the approach adopted by many other local authorities. Its 6 core principles are taken from the Council’s Annual Governance Statement and the format follows the recommendations of the CIPFA / Solace guidance entitled “Delivering Good Governance in Local Government Framework”.
Implementation of the local Code was endorsed by the Standards Committee in September 2009 and is reviewed annually. The work done to produce and update the local Code is part of an annual review of the Council’s governance arrangements and will help the Council to ensure that its governance arrangements are comprehensive and fit for purpose.
We believe we can maintain effective corporate governance arrangements if we:-
- Put in place sound control systems and processes.
- Regularly check to make sure those systems and processes are working in practice.
- Review our systems and processes at least annually.