What do we mean by the term Governance?

For Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, governance is about ensuring that the Council does the right things, in the right way, for the right people, in a timely, inclusive, open, honest and accountable manner.

Rhondda Cynon Taf County 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.

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 the arrangements for the management of risk and appropriate internal controls.

View key documents, policies and processes that underpin the Council's governance arrangements.

The governance framework comprises the systems, processes and cultural values by which the Council is directed and controlled, and the activities through which it accounts to, engages with and leads the community. It enables the Council to monitor the achievement of its strategic objectives and to consider whether those objectives have led to the delivery of appropriate, cost-effective services.

Good governance within Rhondda Cynon Taf is ultimately the responsibility of Full Council. Full Council is supported in this role by those with leadership roles and statutory responsibilities along with the accountability arrangements in place in the form of its structure of Committees.

Key Terms:

Risk - Definition:

Risk is the uncertainty of outcome, whether a positive opportunity or a negative threat, of actions or events. The Council’s definition for risk is ‘something happening that, should it occur, would impact on the Council’s ability to successfully achieve its improvement priorities”

Control - Definition:

“Any action taken by management, to manage risk and increase the likelihood that established objectives and goals will be achieved.”

Risk Management - Definition:

“A process to identify, assess, manage, and control potential events or situations, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the achievement of the organisation’s objectives.”

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