The Constitution of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.

The Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2018 (regulation 5) requires ‘an authority to conduct a review at least once a year of the effectiveness of its system of internal control and include a statement reporting on the review within any published Statement of Accounts.

Risk management is an integral part of management practice. Managing the risks that may impact on the Council’s ability to deliver services as intended and in doing so help improve the quality of life for local people is at the forefront of the Council’s forward planning arrangements.

Whilst all staff are required to follow relevant Policies and Procedures put in place by the Council, unfortunately there may be occasions where some individuals decide to contravene these arrangements.

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council is resolute in its determination to maintain its reputation as a Council that will not tolerate fraud, bribery, corruption or abuse of position for personal gain, wherever it may be found in any area of Council activity.

The governance framework in place within Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council 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.

Customer feedback is encouraged to inform service improvement, raise the profile and reputation of the Council, and develop more responsive ways of working that puts the customer at the heart of everything we do.

To ensure that residents get the best possible services and value for money from the Council, there are a number of independent regulatory bodies that audit, inspect, review and report on the Council and its services.  These bodies are independent of the Council and are sometimes referred to as the ‘regulators’.  

The Terms of Reference for the Council’s Audit Committee is set out in Part 3 (section 4) of the Council’s Constitution.