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72.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 212 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 29th October 2020 were approved and signed as a correct record.

 

(Moved by Councillor R Rogers and seconded by Councillor S Pritchard)

 

73.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (pecuniary and non-pecuniary) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.

 

When Members are declaring a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 

 

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of Interest.

74.

Annual Audit Letter - 2019-2020 pdf icon PDF 276 KB

(Report of the External Auditors)

Minutes:

The Annual Audit Letter 2019/20 of Grant Thornton (External Auditor) was presented to Committee by Mark Stocks of Grant Thornton. Following questions from members seeking assurances on journal controls and a debate on the level of fee increase, the Committee thanked the external auditors and finance teams for delivering the annual audit.

 

RESOLVED:

That Members;

 

Endorsed the Annual Audit Letter for Tamworth Borough Council.

 

 

(Moved by Councillor J Faulkner and seconded by Councillor M Summers)

 

75.

Risk Management Quarterly Update pdf icon PDF 198 KB

(Report of the Assistant Director, Finance)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Assistant Director Finance reported on the Risk Management process and progress to date for the current financial year. Members queried the score and mitigation on the lack of economic investment in people and places risk in light of the Council’s successful bid for Future High Street Funding. It was agreed that this would be referred to the risk owner for review

 

RESOLVED

That Members,

 

 

Endorsed the Corporate Risk Register

 

(Moved by Councillor M Summers and seconded by Councillor C Cooke)

 

76.

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 130 KB

(Report of the Assistant Director, Partnerships)

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Minutes:

The Assistant Director Partnerships updated Members on the Council’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2019/20. Following questions the Committee unanimously supported the statement.

 

RESOLVED

That Committee

 

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Endorsed the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for approval by Cabinet

 

Approved an agenda item to be included in the Audit and Governance plan annually for update to the Statement each July (or the latest meeting in Quarter 2).

 

 

(Moved by Councillor C Cooke and seconded by Councillor M Summers)

 

77.

Internal Audit Progress Report - Quarter 3 pdf icon PDF 183 KB

(Report of the Head of Audit and Governance and Monitoring Officer)

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Minutes:

The Head of Audit and Governance & the Monitoring Officer provided Committee with the internal audit’s progress report for the period to 31 December 2020 (Quarter 3).

 

RESOLVED

The Committee;

 

 

Noted the attached report.

 

 

(Moved by Councillor J Faulkner and seconded by Councillor C Cooke)

 

78.

Committee Effectiveness pdf icon PDF 337 KB

(Report of the Head of Audit and Governance and Monitoring Officer)

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Minutes:

The Audit and Governance Committee undertook the annual self-assessment of Audit & Governance Committee effectiveness. Following a discussion regarding the independent member/s appointment, the Committee agreed the self-assessment.

 

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the Committee considered the attached self-assessment checklist and endorsed any actions to improve its effectiveness as appropriate

 

(Moved by Councillor M Summers and seconded by Councillor J Faulkner)

 

 

 

79.

Audit and Governance Committee Timetable pdf icon PDF 170 KB

(Discussion Item)

Minutes:

The Committee reviewed the timetable.