Audits, Inspections & Assessments

Annual Governance Report

The Council’s financial statements and annual governance statement are important means by which the Council accounts for its stewardship of public funds.

The report summarises the findings from the audit of the financial statements by the Audit Commission and assesses how well the Council uses and manages public resources to make sure it delivers value for money.

Annual Governance Statement

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is responsible for ensuring that its business is conducted in accordance with the law and proper standards, and that public money is safeguarded and properly accounted for, and used economically, efficiently and effectively.

The Council also has a duty under the Local Government Act 1999 to make arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the way in which its functions are exercised, having regard to a combination of economy, efficiency and effectiveness.

In discharging this overall responsibility, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is responsible for putting in place proper arrangements for the governance of its affairs and for ensuring that there is a sound system of internal control which facilitates the effective exercise of its functions and which includes arrangements for the management of risk.

The Annual Governance Statement is signed by the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive and once approved by the Audit Committee is incorporated within the Statement of Accounts.

Annual Audit Report

Each year, the Audit Commission carries out a series of audits and assessments on the Council’s functions. These are then combined into an overall Annual Audit Letter which is sent to all elected members and discussed at both Cabinet and Audit Committees.

Currently the Annual Audit Letter comprises the following elements:

  • the audit of the financial statements,
  • an assessment of the arrangements to achieve value for money in the use of resources
  • and a view on how the Council is placed to meet future challenges
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