7. Prevention - systems
We have financial regulations in place that require staff, when dealing with the council’s affairs, to act in accordance with best practice.
The section 151 officer has statutory responsibility under the Local Government Act 1972 to ensure the proper arrangements of the council’s financial affairs and has developed financial codes of practice and accounting Instructions, which outline the system.
The monitoring officer has a statutory responsibility under section 5 of the Local Government Housing Act 1989 for monitoring the conduct of the council's business.
We have developed, and are committed to continuing with, systems and procedures which incorporate efficient and effective internal controls and which include adequate separation of duties. Strategic management team has to ensure that these controls are properly maintained and documented. Their existence and appropriateness is independently monitored by SWAP.