Agenda and decisions


Accounts, Audit and Risk Committee - Wednesday 29 July 2020 6.30 pm

Venue: Virtual meeting

Contact: Sharon Hickson, Democratic and Elections  Email: democracy@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk, 01295 221554

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Items
No. Item

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

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3.

Petitions and Requests to Address the Meeting

The Chairman to report on any requests to submit petitions or to address the meeting.

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4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 208 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on  22 January 2020.

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5.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

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6.

Urgent Business

The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any item of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.

 

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7.

Monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report - Quarter 4 / March 2020 pdf icon PDF 908 KB

Report of Assistant Director of Finance and Head of Insight and Corporate Programmes

 

Purpose of report

 

This report summarises the Council’s Performance, Risk and Finance monitoring position as at the end of each month.

 

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1      To note the monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report.

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report be noted.

8.

Internal Audit Annual Report and Opinion 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 400 KB

Report of the Director of Finance

 

Purpose of report

 

To receive the Internal Audit Annual Report, which provides the Head of Internal Audit’s opinion and also summarises the activities of Internal Audit for the period 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended to:

            

1.1       note and receive the Head of Internal Audit’s Annual Report and opinion.

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the Head of Internal Audit’s Annual Report and opinion be noted

9.

Internal Audit Strategy and Plan 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 299 KB

Report of the Director of Finance

 

Purpose of report

 

The report presents the Internal Audit Strategy and Plan for 2020/21.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended to:

            

1.1      note and comment on the Internal Audit Strategy and Plan for 2020/21.

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That, having given due consideration the Internal Audit Strategy and Plan for 2020/21 be noted.

10.

Internal Audit Charter 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 350 KB

Report of the Director of Finance

 

Purpose of report

 

This report presents the Internal Audit Charter and Internal Audit Quality Assurance Programme for 2020/21.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended to:

 

1.1         Approve the Internal Audit Charter.

 

1.2       Note the Quality Assurance and Improvement Programme.

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That, having given due consideration the Internal Audit Charter be approved.

 

(2)          That the Quality Assurance and Improvement Programme be noted.

 

11.

Counter Fraud Progress Update pdf icon PDF 267 KB

Report of the Director of Finance

 

Purpose of report

 

This report provides an update of the activity being undertaken to prevent and counter fraud across the Council’s services, along with seeking approval of three related and updated policy statements.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended to:

 

1.1       Review and note the current progress of the work of the Corporate Fraud team

 

1.2       Consider future work plans and arrangements during 2020/21 and beyond

 

1.3       Approve the updated Whistle Blowing Policy, Money Laundering Policy and Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy.

 

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the progress of the work of the Corporate Fraud team be noted.

 

(2)          That the future work plans and arrangements during 2020/21 and beyond be noted

 

(3)          That, having given due consideration the updated Whistle Blowing Policy, Money Laundering Policy and Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy be approved.

12.

Accounts and External Audit Update including Audit Fees 2019/20 (Verbal Update_

Verbal update by Director of Finance and Ernst & Young, External Audit.

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the verbal update be noted.

13.

2019/20 Treasury Management Annual Report pdf icon PDF 443 KB

Report of the Director of Finance

 

Purpose of report

 

This report presents information on treasury management performance and compliance with treasury management policy during 2019/20 as required by the Treasury Management Code of Practice.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1      To note the contents of this report in line with the Treasury Management Strategy.

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the contents of the report in line with the Treasury Management Strategy be noted.

14.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 180 KB

To consider and review the Work Programme.

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That, subject to the addition of Housing Benefit Subsidy report being added to the September agenda and an informal briefing on the Statement of Accounts in August, the work programme be noted.