Statement of Responsibilities
The Board’s responsibilities
Under the terms of the Office of Communications Act 2002, the Board is required to prepare a Statement of Accounts for each financial year. This conforms with the Accounts Direction issued by the Secretaries of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and for Culture, Media and Sport. The Board is also responsible for sending a copy of the Statement of Accounts to the Comptroller and Auditor General.
This Statement of Accounts is prepared, in so far as applicable, in accordance with the Companies Act 1985 and the United Kingdom generally accepted accounting standards, and on an accruals basis. It must give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of Ofcom as at the end of the financial year and of its income and expenditure, recognised gains and losses and cash flows for the financial year.
The Board confirms that in preparing this Statement of Accounts it has observed the relevant accounting and disclosure requirements, applied suitable accounting policies on a consistent basis, made judgements and estimates on a reasonable basis, followed applicable accounting standards and prepared the statement of accounts on a going-concern basis.
The Board is responsible for ensuring that proper records are maintained which disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of Ofcom and enable it to ensure that the Statement of Accounts complies with the Companies Act 1985. In addition, the Board is responsible for safeguarding Ofcom’s assets and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.
Chief Executive’s Responsibilities
The Chief Executive is appointed by the Board who delegate responsibility to him for the day-to-day management of Ofcom. The Secretaries of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and for Culture, Media and Sport have designated the Chief Executive as Ofcom’s Accountable Officer. He is not formally appointed as the Accounting Officer in Government terms, however the appointment carries with it duties of responsibility in respect of regularity, propriety, value for money and good financial management and the safeguarding of public funds.
The Chief Executive has specific responsibilities for ensuring compliance with the terms of the Financial Memorandum issued by the Secretaries of State. He must also ensure proper accounting records are maintained and must sign the accounts.
As a Member of the Board, the Chief Executive has to ensure that his accountability responsibilities do not conflict with those as a Board Member. The Chief Executive may also be called upon by the Committee of Public Accounts and other Parliamentary committees to give evidence on the discharge of his duties.
Ofcom Annual Report 2008-09 – Section D [PDF, 239kb]
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