The fundamental function of good governance in the public sector is to ensure that organisations achieve their intended outcomes while acting in the public interest at all times.
The council adheres to and works within a framework of internal values and expected external principles and standards which help to deliver good standards of governance. The standards reflect the conduct of business and day to day delivery of services, and applies to all elected members and employees.
Connect, the Council Plan sets out the council’s vision and key priorities over a five year period from 2017-22. The council’s vision is to ‘improve the quality of life of everyone in South Lanarkshire’ with the main priority objectives being:
- Improve later life;
- Protect vulnerable children, young people and adults;
- Deliver better health and social care outcomes for all;
- Improve the availability, quality and access of housing;
- Improve the road network, influence improvements in public transport and encourage active travel;
- Work with communities and partners to promote high quality, thriving and sustainable communities;
- Support the local economy by providing the right conditions for inclusive growth;
- Support our communities by tackling disadvantage and deprivation, and supporting aspiration;
- Improve achievement, raise educational attainment and support lifelong learning;
- Ensure schools and other places of learning are inspirational; and
- Encourage participation in physical and cultural activities.
The council works within the new national framework ‘Delivering Good Governance in Local Government’ which was published by the Chartered Institue of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) in April 2016. This new framework aims to assist authorities in reviewing and accounting their own governance approach. Authorities should ensure that resources are directed in accordance with agreed policy, that there is sound and inclusive decision making and clear accountability for the use of those resources in order to achieve desired outcomes for service users and communities.
The Local Code of Corporate Governance is a statement which sets out the governance arrangements that are currently in place and how South Lanarkshire Council will continue to review these arrangements and implement improvements where necessary.
Compliance with this Local Code of Corporate Governance will be reviewed on an annual basis and the review will inform the Annual Governance Statement.
The Annual Governance Statement explains how the council has complied with the Code during 2017-2018. It also meets legislative requirements to include the Annual Governance Statement within the Annual Accounts and includes the Governance Officer Working Group's assessment of compliance, an opinion on the effectiveness of the council's arrangements and provides details of any improvements required.