Agenda and draft minutes

Audit & Standards Committee
Tuesday, 1st March, 2022 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre

Contact: Hannah Criddle 

Items
No. Item

31.

Apologies for Absence and Substitutions

Minutes:

None.

32.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors’ declarations of interest (if any) in relation to any matters on the agenda.

Minutes:

Councillor Matthew Saggers declared a non-pecuniary interest as a leaseholder in Harlow.

33.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 183 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 24 November 2021.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 24 November 2021 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

34.

Matters Arising

Minutes:

Simon Freeman, Director of Finance and Deputy to the Chief Executive, gave an update on the 2018/19 accounts. He said that he was hoping to receive the final technical review from BDO next week. He would speak with the Chair about whether an additional meeting of the Committee would be called or whether the accounts would be considered in the next council year.

35.

Written Questions and Petitions

Minutes:

None.

36.

Non Contentious Business

Minutes:

None.

37.

Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Minutes:

The Committee received its current work plan.

 

RESOLVED that the work plan is noted.

38.

Period 11 Internal Audit Activity Report 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 311 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received the internal audit activity report.

 

RESOLVED that the Committee:

 

A    Reviewed the outcomes of the work of the Internal Audit service for the period December 2021 to March 2022.

 

B    Approved the carry forward of the following audits from the 2021/22 Internal Audit plan: treasury management, payroll and council housebuilding.

39.

Internal Audit Strategy and Plan 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 344 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report on the internal audit strategy and plan for 2022/23.

 

The Committee agreed to add a recommendation recommending that the IT Strategy is reviewed every two years.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A    The effectiveness and contribution of the Internal Audit Strategy and Plan within the Council’s assurance framework be considered.

 

B    The Committee approved the Audit Strategy and Plan for 2022/23.

 

C    The Committee approved the change in individual report opinions for reports issued as part of the 2022/23 plan and onwards.

 

D    It be recommended that the IT Strategy is reviewed every two years.

40.

Risk Management Progress Report pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received the risk management report.

 

RESOLVED that the Committee noted the Strategic Risks, risk scores and variation against risk appetite as at 31 December 2021.

41.

Audit and Standards Committee Work Plan and Training Programme 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 259 KB

Minutes:

The Committee received its work plan and training programme for 2022/23.

 

RESOLVED that the work plan and training programme for 2022/23 be noted.

42.

References from other Committees

Any references arising from meetings held after the publication of this agenda will be circulated separately.

 

Minutes:

None.

43.

Matters of Urgent Business

To deal with any matters of an urgent nature.

Minutes:

None.