Agenda and minutes

Audit Committee
Monday 8th May, 2017 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Allerdale House. View directions

Contact: Dean Devine  01900 702556

Items
No. Item

456.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meetings held on 31 August 2016 and 17 February 2017.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meetings held on 31 August 2016 and 17 February 2017 were signed as a correct record.

457.

Declaration of Interests

Councillors/Staff to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other registrable interest or any other interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

None declared.

458.

Questions

To answer questions from members of the public – submitted in writing or by electronic mail no later than 5.00 pm, 2 working days before the meeting.

Minutes:

None received.

459.

Audit Committee Progress Report and Update pdf icon PDF 14 MB

Minutes:

J Farrar, Grant Thornton presented an Audit Committee update report to inform the committee of the progress made by the external auditors on delivering their responsibilities for the year ended 31 March 2017.

 

The report provided information on the pooling of the Local Government Pension Scheme. Councillor D Fairbairn asked for information as to who was responsible for providing information on this to the council. The Assurance, Risk and Audit manager agreed to find out.

 

Members noted the report.

 

Agreed

 

That the report be noted.

460.

Grant Thornton - Audit Fee Letter for 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 358 KB

Minutes:

R McGahon, Grant Thornton submitted the Audit Fee Letter detailing the proposed work programme to be undertaken as external auditors of the Council and the scale of fees for 2017/18.

 

The proposed 2017/18 scale audit fee was £48,128, which was the same level as the previous year.

 

The scale fee covered:

 

·  Audit of the Council’s financial statements

·  Work to reach a conclusion on the economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the Council’s use of resources (value for money conclusion)

·  Work on the whole of government accounts return (if applicable)

 

The Council’s indicative grant certification fee had yet to be set by Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited.

 

The letter outlined the external auditors’ audit timetable.

 

The auditor’s key team members for 2017/18 were:

 

J Farrar, Engagement Lead

R McGahon, Engagement Manager

R Anderson, In Charge Auditor

 

Members noted the letter.

 

Agreed

 

That the letter be noted.

461.

Assurance Risk and Audit Resource Plan and Assurance Risk and Audit Charter 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Assurance, Risk and Audit Manager submitted a report that sought to set out how Assurance, Risk and Audit would deliver its service in line with the Public Sector Internal Auditing Standards 1 April 2018.

 

The report contained the Assurance, Risk and Audit plan for 2017/18 which set out how the service would be delivered.

 

Members noted the Internal Audit Charter appended to the report.

 

Agreed

 

That the Assurance, Risk and Audit resource plan and the Assurance, Risk and Audit charter 2017/18 be agreed.

462.

Assurance, Risk and Audit Year End Report 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Assurance, Risk and Audit Manager submitted the Assurance, Risk and Audit Year End Report 2016/17, which sought to inform the committee of the work performed by the Assurance, Risk and Audit service and to provide the annual assurance opinion.

 

The report set out a summary of how the services time had been spent on delivering its duties. The overall cumulative productive time was 77.98% compared to the target of 79.9%, but was considered an excellent achievement based on the team being new to audit.

 

At year end there were 12 agreed actions due for implementation by management overdue, 11 of these were in progress.

 

Councillor B Miskelly requested the Assurance, Risk and Audit Manager to look at setting realistic target times with managers who had agreed actions overdue. This was agreed.

 

Members noted the corporate risk and issues log. Councillor N Schofield asked that a link be circulated to members for them to access the log. The Assurance, Risk and Audit Manager agreed to circulate this.

 

Members noted the car park income audit review 2016/17 which had been undertaken with regard to the control activities and procedures currently in place in regard to car park income collection recording and banking by the council. Members required assurance that the targets set out in this review would be met and requested that the responsible manager be asked to attend the next meeting to provide this assurance.

 

Members agreed that the report be considered as part of the approval of the annual governance statement 2016/17 subject to additional information on the car parking income audit review which would be provided at the next meeting.

 

Agreed

 

That the report be considered as part of the approval of the annual governance statement 2016/17 subject to additional information on the car parking income audit review.

Actions

Action 1 - That the Assurance, Risk and Audit Manager would provide information regarding who is responsible for providing information on the Local Government Pension Scheme.

 

Action 2   That the Assurance, Risk and Audit Manager will speak to managers about setting realistic target times for actions overdue.

 

Action 3 – That the Assurance, Risk and Audit Manager will circulate a link for members to access the corporate risk and issues log.