Annual governance statement

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (the Council) is responsible for ensuring that its business is conducted in accordance with the law and proper standards, and that public money is safeguarded, properly accounted for and used economically and effectively. It 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, the Council is responsible for putting in place proper arrangements for the governance of its affairs and facilitating the effective exercise of its functions, which includes arrangements for the management of risk.
The Audit & Governance Committee fulfils the core functions of an audit committee, as identified in the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Audit Committees - Practical Guidance for Local Authorities and Police 2018. It monitors and responds to the work of internal and external audit and has overall responsibility for reviewing the framework of corporate governance.