Agenda and minutes

Audit Committee - Wednesday 29th July, 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Zoom Virtual Meeting

Contact: Lee Jardine  01900 702502

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 299 KB

To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 18 February 2020


The minutes of the meeting held on 18 February 2020 were signed as a correct record.


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.


None Declared



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.


None received


Annual Governance Statement 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 232 KB

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The Monitoring Officer presented the report and confirmed to members that this was the draft annual governance statement for 2020/21, which will be approved with the statement of accounts in November 2020.


Following questions from members the Audit, Risk and Assurance Manager confirmed to members that under the terms of reference for the Audit Committee, they only receive the Annual Accounts, not the revenue or outturns reports.




That the contents of the draft 2020/21 Annual Governance Statement be approved.




Assurance, Risk and Audit Year End Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 273 KB

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The Assurance, Risk and Audit (ARA) Manager presented the Assurance, Risk and Audit Year End Report for 2019/20. Which provides the Audit Committee with an overall opinion based on work, projects and activities, undertaken throughout the year.


Members were advised of a summary of the Audit work carried out, along with the opinions for each Audit report.


The chargeable time for the year was 65%, which is above the planned target of 64.85%.


In relation to risk management the ARA team reviewed the Risk Framework and provided Risk Management facilitation workshops to officers of the Council.


Members were also advised that all Fraud policies were reviewed and presented to members in 2020/21 and the public sector internal audit self-assessment was presented in February 2020.


Questions were asked in relation to the follow up of agreed actions on the work the ARA team completed, the ARA Manager agreed to circulate an update on each agreed action. It was also clarified to members that due to Covid-19 ARA staff resources had been redeployed to business critical areas of the Council.


The ARA Manager then presented the Contract Management Review 2019/20 and went through in turn each agreed action, confirming that all agreed actions had been completed with the exception of agreed actions 5 and 6 which are in progress and are part of a wider implementation of a new contract register system.


Concern was expressed in relation to some of the findings of the review in terms of governance arrangements, reporting structures, contract handover and lack of contract objectives. The ARA Manager explained that Contract Management is not a service and contracts are managed within different areas, it was explained however that consistency is an area for improvement. The ARA Manager explained that best practice and roles and responsibilities of contract management have been shared with all departments that manage contracts. The ARA Manager then advised that a follow up report in relation to Contact Management would be circulated to all members of the committee.




That the Assurance, Risk and Audit Year End Report 2019/20 be noted.




Audit Charter Report pdf icon PDF 275 KB

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The Assurance, Risk and Audit (ARA) Officer presented the Assurance, Risk and Audit Charter. Members were advised this is a requirement of public sector Audit standards and is a formal document which defines the internal activities, purpose, responsibilities and position within the Council. The document is reviewed by the audit team annually and it is updated in line with the 2030 Council Plan.




Members accepted the Assurance, Risk and Audit Charter



Audit Plan and Strategy 20/21 pdf icon PDF 219 KB

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The Assurance, Risk and Audit (ARA) Manager presented the Audit Plan and Strategy for 2020/21, which is to provide the Audit Committee with the approach for the 2020/21 Audit Plan, and to provide an overview of the planned activity for 2020/21.


Members were advised that the two main areas for consideration in line with the Planning Performance Standard 2010 the Audit Plan will be prioritised in relation to the risk management activities and organisational objectives for each area of the Council. For 2020/21 these will be defined by the Council in a number of ways:


·  The 2020/21 budget

·  Council Strategy Delivery Plan 2020-24

·  The Corporate Risks and Issues log

·  Service Risk Registers

·  Annual Governance Statement significant issues

·  Areas of risk arising from previous reviews

·  Outcomes from annual risk meetings with the Senior Management Team

·  Organisational insight gained from corporate support and consultancy work


Members were also advised that the ability for internal audit may be impacted due to the redeployment of services, this will be managed through flexible audit planning, and regular reviews, in response to questions from members the ARA Manager confirmed that statutory and critical work will be prioritised.


The ARA Manager also provided an explanation of the follow up from the actions set out following internal audits, and that 10 days per annum are allocated to monitoring this work.




That the contents of the 2020/21 Audit Plan be noted



Progress Report and Sector Update pdf icon PDF 522 KB


Richard Anderson (Grant Thornton UK LLP) presented the Progress Report and Sector Update, advising members that he has replaced Angela Pieri as the Audit Manager.


Members were advised that audit planning and the interim audit was undertaken in early 2020 and that the plan has been updated to reflect the impact of Covid 19. A detailed explanation into the impact of Covid 19 was also provided, and that the external audit will be delivered remotely.


Due to the changes within the audit profession and the regulatory environment, audit fees have increased; this increase has been agreed with officers.




Members noted the contents of the report.







External Audit Plan 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 467 KB


Richard Anderson (Grant Thornton UK LLP) presented the External Audit Plan for 2019/20 which summarises the approach to the accounts and value for money (VFM) audit for 2019/20. It was also confirmed that the Financial Statement Audit considers the accounts for the Helena Thompson Museum, Allerdale Investment Partnership (AIP) and the Keswick Museum.


Members were advised that four significant risks have been identified on the financial statement audit;


·  Management override of controls

·  Valuation of Land/Building and Investment Property

·  Valuation of Pension Fund Net Liability

·  Covid 19


In terms of the VFM audit, three risks have been identified;


·  Workington Community Stadium

·  Financial sustainability

·  Waste and recycling contract and procurement arrangements


Members were also provided with further detail in relation to the increased audit fees, including the increased expectations on public auditors.


Members asked questions in relation to the VFM risks, acknowledgement was made of this and clarification was provided of the further work that is required.


Clarity was also provided to members in relation to the finding of any upcoming internal and external audits.




Members noted the contents of the report.