Agenda

Venue: The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, Northants NN12 6AD

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

Items
No. Item

Member Training on the Pension Scheme, 3pm - 4pm

Prior to the formal meeting of the Committee, Catherine McFayden of Hymans Robertson LLP, who are the actuaries of the Northamptonshire LGPS will lead a training sessions on pension scheme. This will be of particular interest to Audit Committee members but all councillors are welcome to attend.

 

1.

Apologies for Absence and Notification of Substitute Members

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.

 

3.

Appointment of Vice-Chairman for the Municipal Year 2019/20

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meetings of the Committee held on 14 March 2019 and 15 May 2019.

Additional documents:

5.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

 

6.

Internal Audit - Annual Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Report of the Assistant Director, Finance, Procurement & Property

 

Purpose of report

 

To receive CW Audit Services annual report for 2018/19 in relation to their internal audit work undertaken during 2018/19.

 

Recommendations

            

The Audit Committee is recommended:

 

1.1       To note the contents of the 2018/19 annual report from CW Audit Services.

 

Additional documents:

7.

External Audit Update pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Report of the Assistant Director Finance, Procurement and Property

 

Purpose of report

 

To provide an update on the timing of the 2018/19 final accounts audit.

 

Recommendations

            

The Audit Committee is recommended to:

 

 1.1        Note The delayed timeframe for the audit of the 2018/19 Statement of Accounts

 

Additional documents:

8.

DRAFT Statement of Accounts and Annual Governance Statement 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 65 KB

** Please note that the appendix to this report will follow as it is currently being reviewed and finalised **

 

Report of the Assistant Director Finance, Procurement & Property

 

Purpose of report

 

To receive a report is to ask members to consider and note the DRAFT Statement of Accounts 2018/19 and consider and endorse the Annual Governance Statement 2018/19.

 

Recommendations

            

The Audit Committee is recommended to:

 

1.1         Consider and note the DRAFT Statement of Accounts 2018/19.

 

1.2         Consider and endorse the Annual Governance Statement 2018/19.

 

9.

Review by Those Charged with Governance pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Report of the Assistant Director Finance, Procurement & Property

 

Purpose of report

 

To set out the response to Ernst & Young (EY) regarding the review of management assurance.

 

Recommendations

             

The Audit Committee is recommended to:

 

1.1         Approve the response relating to management assurances from Those Charged with Governance at Appendix 1

 

Additional documents:

10.

External Audit - Annual Audit Fees 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Report of the Assistant Director Finance, Procurement & Property

 

Purpose of report

 

To note the indicative audit fee for 2019/20.

 

Recommendations

            

The Audit Committee is recommended:

 

1.1       To note the contents of the letter setting out the indicative annual audit fees for 2019/20 from the Councils External Auditors, Ernst & Young (EY).

 

Additional documents:

11.

Urgent Business

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

12.

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.

 

7 – Information relating to any action taken or to be taken, in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime

 

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 it 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 7 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.”

13.

Progress of Counter Fraud Service

Exempt report of Senior Investigation Officer – Corporate Fraud Team