Agenda and minutes

Governance and Audit Committee
Wednesday, 22nd June, 2016 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent

Contact: James Clapson 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

    'To receive any declarations of interest.  Members are advised to consider the advice contained within the Declaration of Interest Form attached at the back of this Agenda.  If a Member declares an interest, they should complete that form and hand it to the Officer clerking the meeting and then take the prescribed course of action.'

     

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest.

3.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 97 KB

4.

External Audit Fee Letter 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 231 KB

    Minutes:

    Darren Wells, Engagement Lead, Grant Thornton UK LLP introduced the audit fee letter, advising that it was proposed that the fee would remain the same as the previous years in accordance with the scale of fees set by PSSA (Public Sector Audits Appointments Limited).

     

    Members noted the audit fee letter.

5.

Quarterly Internal Audit Update Report pdf icon PDF 80 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Christine Parker, Head of East Kent Audit Partnership, introduced the report noting that there had been four internal audit assignments completed since the last committee meeting; three achieved substantial assurance and one achieved reasonable assurance.  In addition, there had been nine follow-up reviews.

     

    During consideration of the item it was noted that:

    ·  The use of the word ‘outstanding’ in the Manager’s Comment on Progress Towards Implementation column of appendix 1 indicated that work was still to be done.  Ms Parker agreed that in future a different expression would be used to provide more clarity of meaning.

    ·  The East Kent Housing – Sheltered and Supported Housing follow up, shown in appendix 2 as work in-progress, was now complete.

    ·  With regard to the reviews shown in appendix 2, Ms Parker offered to provide Cllr Taylor-Smith with indicative dates by which follow up actions would be due.

     

    Members noted the report.

     

6.

Annual Internal Audit Report pdf icon PDF 427 KB

    Minutes:

    Christine Parker, introduced the report which provided Members with a summary of the impact of the work of the East Kent Audit Partnership (EKAP) for the year up to 31 March 2016.

     

    During consideration of the item it was noted that:

    ·  EKAP had performed well against its targets.

    ·  Reference to audits of East Kent Housing and East Kent Services were included in the annual report as Thanet District Council (TDC) hosted these services.

    ·  EKAP did not achieve full compliance with Public Sector Internal Audit Standards.  To achieve full compliance would have required an external quality assessment, however it was felt by the Section 151 officers across East Kent that the provision of an external quality assessment would not offer sufficient value for money.

    ·  The percentage of completed satisfaction questionnaires across East Kent was 27%, Ms Parker offered to provide Councillor Campbell with the percentage returned from TDC after meeting, and agreed to include TDC’s percentage of completed questionnaires on future reports.

     

    Members noted the report.

     

7.

Annual Fraud Report 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 133 KB

    Minutes:

    Christine Parker, Head of East Kent Audit Partnership, introduced the report which provided a summary of the counter fraud work completed by the Council during the year up to 31 March 2016.

     

    During consideration of the item it was noted that:

    ·  Investigation of housing benefit fraud was currently included in the report, however it had now become a responsibility of the Department for Work and Pensions and would therefore not appear in future reports.

    ·  Tackling housing tenancy fraud would remain a TDC function.

    ·  In addition to reporting on the number of prosecutions for housing tenancy fraud, the 2016/17 report would include information on the number of investigations conducted and the number of properties subsequently made available as a result of these investigations.

     

    Members noted the report.

8.

Corporate Risk Register - Annual Review pdf icon PDF 167 KB

    Minutes:

    Tim Willis, Director of Corporate Resources and Section 151 Officer, introduced the report which provided an annual review of corporate risks and included a quarterly update of progress since the last meeting.

     

    During consideration of the item it was noted that:

    ·  Each identified risk had a corporate management team (CMT) officer allocated to it.

    ·  The annual review was to go on to be considered by Cabinet at its next meeting.

    ·  Gavin Waite, Director of Operational Services was the designated CMT officer allocated responsibility for the Health and Safety at Work risk.  Mr Waite advised of a number of mitigation strategies and actions which had led to the risk score reduction from 12 to 9.

     

    Members noted the report.

9.

Annual Governance Statement Action Plan Quarterly Update pdf icon PDF 128 KB

10.

Annual Treasury Management Review 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 399 KB

    Minutes:

    Jo Miller, Head of Finance introduced the report that provided a summary of the treasury management activity and prudential/treasury indicators for 2015/16.

     

    During consideration of the item it was noted that:

    ·  Consultation was underway on the proposal to transfer the functions of the Public Works Loan Board to the HM Treasury.  TDC would continue to monitor the situation however there was no intention to review the treasury management strategy at this stage.

     

    It was proposed by Councillor Campbell, seconded by Councillor Larkins and Members agreed:

     

    ‘That the Governance and Audit Committee:

     

    ·  Notes the actual 2015/16 prudential and treasury indicators in this report.

    ·  Approves the annual treasury management report for 2015/16.

    ·  Recommends this report to Cabinet.’

11.

Draft Audit Committee Assurance Statement pdf icon PDF 166 KB

12.

Government report in respect of ERDF grant claim, 2005 - 2008 pdf icon PDF 151 KB