Governance and accountability for IDBs


Good governance, accountability and transparency are essential to Internal Drainage Boards and a cornerstone of providing modern, fit for purpose public services.

Those who are responsible for the conduct of public business and for spending public money are accountable for ensuring both that public 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.

ADA has worked with IDBs and Defra to develop a suite of governance documents to assist IDBs with putting in place and maintaining good governance arrangements. Click on the links to the right for access to these documents.

Practitioners' Guide

To support the preparation by IDBs in England of their statutory annual accounting and governance statements found in their annual return, ADA has jointly published the Practitioners’ Guide with the Society of Local Council Clerks and the National Association of Local Councils. This Guide is issued by the Joint Practitioners’ Advisory Group (JPAG). See links below for downloadable versions.