The Audit, Governance and
Standards Committee is made up of 11 councillors plus two
parish/town councillors and two independent representatives. It is
responsible for governance, standards and audit and for ensuring
probity, propriety and ethics in the organisation.
Audit: among its duties the
committee agrees internal and external audit plans; reviews and
approves the annual Statement of Accounts; considers any matters
referred by the Section 151 officer.
Governance: duties include
overseeing risk management; makes recommendations on major changes
to the Constitution; checks the council complies with its own and
other standards; monitors and audits the council’s equalities
and diversity policies.
Standards: the committee
promotes and maintains high standards of conduct by councillors and
co-opted members; helps councillors keep to the Code of Conduct; is
responsible for the assessment and possible investigation of
complaints about district and parish/town
councillors, considers matters referred by the Monitoring
Officer. The committee’s role and functions are set out in
the Terms of Reference in the Constitution.