Agenda and minutes

Audit and Standards Committee - Tuesday, 20th April, 2021 5.30 p.m.

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Venue: Brooks Room - Council Offices, Narborough

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Items
No. Item

253.

Disclosures of Interest

To receive disclosures of interests from Members (i.e. the existence and the nature of those interests in respect of items on this agenda).

Minutes:

No disclosures were received.

254.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 124 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 1 February 2021 (enclosed).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 1 February 2021 ,as circulated, were approved as a correct record.

255.

Accounting Policies 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 121 KB

To consider the report of the Strategic Finance Manager (enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered – Report of the Strategic Finance Manager.

 

Cllr. Mark Jackson expressed concern over how long the External Audit is taking and queried whether this would result in extra cost for Blaby District Council.

 

The Strategic Finance Manager advised that, whilst the length of the audit is unlikely to result in higher audit fees, there may be other factors relating to additional testing that could lead to an increase. However, any request for additional fees would need to be approved by Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited (PSAA) as the body responsible for setting the fees. At present it is therefore not possible to confirm the final cost of the audit.

256.

Risk Management Update Quarter 4 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 160 KB

To consider the report of the Strategic Finance Manager (enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered – Report of the Strategic Finance Manager.

 

Cllr Paul Hartshorn asked whether the current home-working arrangements had led to any relaxation in IT policies that might put the Council at greater risk from cyber attack.

 

The Strategic Director (S151) responded that the IT Partnership was able to buy in any specialist support required to ensure that our IT systems remain protected, and confirmed that there has been no relaxation in the IT rules for staff working at home.

 

 

257.

Internal Audit Progress Report 2020/21 Quarter 4 pdf icon PDF 115 KB

To consider the report of the Shared Service Audit Manager (enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered – Report of the Shared Service Audit Manager.

258.

2021/22 Internal Audit Annual Audit Plan pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To consider the report of the Shared Service Audit Manager (enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Considered – Report of the Shared Service Audit Manager.

259.

MHCLG Consulations Update

Minutes:

The Section 151 Officer presented an update to members on two consultations from the MHCLG.

 

The first consultation related to proposed changes to the fee setting and variation arrangements of Audit fees which relates to future abilities to alter audit fees. The Section 151 Officer advised members that the date for return of this consultation is 18 May 2021.

 

The second consultation related to £15 million worth of funding for alterations to audit announced in the spending review. Members were advised that the date for return for this consultation is 1 June 2021.

 

The Section 151 Officer advised members that details surrounding these two consultations would be forwarded to them.