Agenda and draft minutes

Governance, Audit and Standards Committee - Monday, 23 September 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: New Council Chamber, Town Hall, Foster Avenue, Beeston NG9 1AB

Contact: Email: committees@broxtowe.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

21.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are requested to declare the existence and nature of any disclosable pecuniary interest and/or other interest in any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

Councillor E Kerry declared a non-pecuniary interest in item 4 due to being Chair of the Nottinghamshire County Council Pension Board, minute 23 refers. Councillor S Easom declared a non-pecuniary interest in item 8, minute 27 refers.

 

 

 

22.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 118 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 22 July 2019.

Minutes:

The minutesof the meeting held on 22 July 2019  were confirmed and signed as a correct record.

23.

ANNUAL AUDIT LETTER pdf icon PDF 575 KB

The Council’s external auditors (Mazars) have issued an annual audit letter for 2018/19. The letter is circulated separately with the agenda.

Minutes:

The Committee received an update on the annual audit position. It was noted that a clean and qualified opinion had been issued by the Council’s external auditors, Mazars. 

24.

Internal Audit Progress Report pdf icon PDF 387 KB

To inform the Committee of the recent work completed by Internal Audit.

 

Minutes:

The Committee were informed of the recent work completed by the Council’s internal audit function. It was requested that case studies of the audit system be provided to the Committee in order for a greater understanding of function to be achieved.

 

25.

Review of Strategic Risk Register pdf icon PDF 446 KB

To recommend approval of amendments to the Strategic Risk Register and the action plans identified to mitigate risks.

 

Minutes:

The Committee received an update on the Strategic Risk Register. The Committee noted that there was a need to review the Council’s Corporate Governance arrangements to ensure greater transparency and links to corporate priorities.

 

RESOLVED that the amendments to the Strategic Risk Register and the actions to mitigate risks as set out in appendix 2 be approved.

26.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT OMBUDSMAN AND HOUSING OMBUDSMAN SERVICE ANNUAL REVIEW LETTERS pdf icon PDF 313 KB

To present the Local Government Ombudsman’s annual review letter and the Housing Ombudsman Service annual report to the Council and thereby promote all the Council’s objectives.

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Local Government Ombudsman’s annual review letter 2018/19 and the Housing Ombudsman Service annual report 2018/19. 

 

27.

REPORT OF THE INTERIM MONITORING OFFICER pdf icon PDF 167 KB

The Local Government Ombudsman has made a finding of maladminstration injustice in respect of the handling of a complainant’s standards complaint investigation.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee noted the findings of the Local Government Ombudsman in respect of the Council’s handling of a standards complaint investigation.

 

The Committee requested that a review be undertaken of the Council’s arrangements for dealing with standards complaints.

 

 

28.

WORK PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To consider items for inclusion in the Work Programme for future meetings.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the work programme.

 

RESOLVED that the Work Programme be approved, subject to the inclusion of further reports on compliance to the Corporate Strategy, Corporate Governance and a review of the Council’s arrangements for dealing with standards complaints.