As part of the Council’s constitution mid-year review, a recommendation to appoint an independent Chairperson for the Government and Audit Committee was endorsed at the Council meeting tonight (Wednesday 19 January).
The constitution sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures that have to be followed to ensure that these decisions are made in an open, transparent and accountable manner.
The mid-year review was carried out following the request of the Leader of the Council and the Resources Cabinet Member at the Annual Meeting in May and the recommendation to appoint an independent Chairperson for the Governance and Audit Committee arose following consideration of the Liverpool City Council Best Value Report and national best practice in respect of the membership of the Council’s Governance and Audit Committee.
The Governance and Audit Committee oversees the Council’s corporate governance arrangements, the work of internal auditors and the Council’s response to external audit and other external inspections and also approves the annual Statement of Accounts.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “It’s really important that we have robust governance arrangements in place, which are clear and transparent. Being held accountable and having that independent challenge is something that I strongly welcome and I’m delighted that this recommendation was endorsed by fellow Members at tonight’s Council meeting.
“Work will now commence on the recruitment process for an independent Chairperson for our Governance and Audit Committee for the coming municipal year.”