Accounts, Audit and Risk Committee - Wednesday 28 July 2021 6.30 pm

Venue: Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, Oxon OX15 4AA

Contact: Sharon Hickson, Democratic and Elections  Email:, 01295 221554


No. Item


Apologies for Absence and Notification of Substitute Members


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.


Petitions and Requests to Address the Meeting

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


Minutes pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To confirm as a correct records the Minutes of the meetings of the Committee held on 19 May 2021 and 21 June 2021.

Additional documents:


Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.


Urgent Business

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



Internal Audit Charter pdf icon PDF 363 KB

Report of Director of Finance


Purpose of report


This report presents the Internal Audit Charter and Internal Audit Quality Assurance Programme for 2021/22.




 The committee is Recommended to:


1.1         Approve the Internal Audit Charter.


1.2         Note the Quality Assurance and Improvement Programme.


Additional documents:


Counter Fraud Annual Plan 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 378 KB

Report of Director of Finance


Purpose of report


This report presents the Annual Plan for the Counter-Fraud service at CDC for 2021/22. It provides an overview of the current Service (resources, arrangements) and the detailed Plan and actions for the current financial year. The Plan supports the Council’s Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy by ensuring that the Council has in place proportionate and effective resources and controls to prevent and detect fraud as well as investigate those matters that do arise.


This report also presents the new set of performance indicators that will be reported to the Accounts Audit and Risk Committee going forwards.


The updated Counter-Fraud Strategy which is public on the Council’s Intranet and website, is also presented in this report.



The meeting is recommended to:


1.1         Comment and note the Annual Counter Fraud Plan for 2021/22


1.2         Note the updated Counter Fraud Strategy and Performance Framework in Appendix 1 and Appendix 2


Additional documents:


Support to Subsidiaries pdf icon PDF 223 KB

Report of Director of Finance


Purpose of report


To inform the Committee of the overall level of support provided to the Council’s subsidiaries and how this is considered as part of the external audit.




The meeting is recommended:


 1.1        To note the report and raise any queries on the exempt appendix.



Work Programme pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To consider and review the Work Programme.


Exclusion of Press and Public

The following item contains exempt information as defined in the following paragraph of Part 1, Schedule 12A of Local Government Act 1972.


3– Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).


Members are reminded that whilst the following item has been marked as exempt, it is for the meeting to decide whether or not to consider each of them in private or in public. In making the decision, members should balance the interests of individuals or the Council itself in having access to the information. In considering their discretion members should also be mindful of the advice of Council Officers.


Should Members decide not to make a decision in public, they are recommended to resolve as follows:


“That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that, if the public and press were present, it would be likely that exempt information falling under the provisions of Schedule 12A, Part I, Paragraph 3 would be disclosed to them, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”




Support to Subsidiaries - Exempt Appendix