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No. Item

1.

Apologies

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2.

Substitute Members

To note details of any substitution arrangements in place for the meeting.

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3.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest from Members and Officers, relating to items to be considered at the meeting.

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4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 84 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 21st July 2022

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5.

Public Questions

To deal with questions from the public within the open forum question and answer

session of fifteen minutes in total. Questions or supplementary questions from

each member of the public should be no longer than two minutes each and relate

issues under the Committee’s remit.

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6.

Member Questions

To deal with written questions by Members, relating to issues under the

Committee’s remit, with the maximum length of oral supplementary questions at

Committee being no longer than one minute. Responses to any supplementary

questions will be dealt with in writing following the meeting

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7.

Informing the Audit Risk Assessment - External Assurances pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Purpose

To consider proposed management responses to the external’s auditor’s questions to inform their assessment of risk to underpin the audit of the accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022.

 

Recommendation(s)

a) That the Committee confirm their understanding and agreement with the responses provided by management to the auditors in Annex A.

b) That the Committee are also asked to confirm their understanding and agreement with the approach to estimates set out in Annex B

c) If any Committee members have any further comments or observations in respect of any of the areas set out in either documents, they should make them known to the auditors

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8.

2021/22 Audit Plan pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Purpose

To receive a report from Grant Thornton, the Council’s external auditors regarding the audit plan for 2021/22

 

Recommendation(s)

That the Committee considers the Grant Thornton Audit Plan for 2021/22

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9.

Treasury Management Outturn 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 165 KB

Purpose

To present to the Committee the annual review of treasury management activity for the financial year 2021/22

 

Recommendation(s)

-       For Members to receive and discuss the Annual Treasury

Management Review for 2021/22;

-       For Members to agree any comments to be passed to Full

Council when considering this item.

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10.

Draft Statement of Accounts 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Purpose

This report presents to the Committee for consideration the published (unaudited) draft Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022

 

Recommendation(s)

That the Committee notes the:

(a) The draft unaudited Statement of Accounts 2020/21 (as attached at Annex A);

(b) Key highlights from the Statement of Accounts 2021/22 as set out within this report. 

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11.

Counter Fraud and Anti-Corruption Policy pdf icon PDF 102 KB

Purpose

To present the Audit Committee an updated Counter Fraud and Anti-Corruption Policy for comment and recommends to Cabinet that it be approved.

The Policy has been reviewed to ensure the content reflects current legislation and the Council’s Policies and Procedures.  The Policy will replace the existing Counter Fraud and Anti-Corruption Policy.

 

Recommendation(s)

That the Committee considers the draft Counter Fraud and Anti-Corruption Policy to comment thereon to Cabinet, to aid its deliberations and decision making.

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12.

Counter Fraud and Enforcement Unit Fraud Risk Strategy pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Purpose

To present the Audit Committee with a Fraud Risk Strategy, so that they may consider the approach taken by the Counter Fraud Partnership.

To provide assurance to the Audit Committee that the risks of fraud committed against the Council are recognised, managed and mitigated for in accordance with Council priorities, and changing fraud trends.

 

Recommendation(s)

That the Committee considers the Counter Fraud and Enforcement Unit Fraud Risk Strategy and associated work streams.

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Counter Fraud and Enforcement Unit Update pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Purpose

To provide the Committee with assurance over the counter fraud activities of the Council.  Direct updates will continue to be provided biannually.

Work plans are presented to the Committee detailing progress and results for consideration and comment as the body charged with governance in this area.

 

Recommendation(s)

That the Audit Committee considers and comments on the report and the work plan at Annex A.

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14.

Corporate Risk Register pdf icon PDF 99 KB

Purpose

This report brings to members the current version of the Strategic Risk Register for information and assurance that risks to the Council are being managed and appropriate actions are being taken to mitigate risk.

 

Recommendation(s)

That the strategic risk register be noted

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15.

Annual Governance Statement pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Purpose

This report presents to the Audit Committee the draft Annual Governance Statement (AGS) for the financial year 2021/2022 and action plan for 2022/2023

 

Recommendation(s)

For Members to receive and discuss the draft Annual Governance Statement for 2021/2022 and action plan for 2022/2023

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16.

Internal Audit Progress Reports pdf icon PDF 217 KB

Purpose

To present a summary of the audit work concluded since the last meeting of this Committee.

 

Recommendation(s)

That the Committee considers the reports at Annexes A and B and comments as necessary

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17.

Annual Standards Update pdf icon PDF 165 KB

Purpose

This annual report is to advise the Committee of standards issues, including complaints against members for the year ending 31 March 2022.

 

Recommendation(s)

The Audit Committee are recommended to note this report.

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18.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 34 KB

Purpose

To note the current work plan.

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