Agenda

Audit Committee
Wednesday, 28th November, 2018 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services  0161 474 3216

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Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 18 July 2018.

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2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

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3.

Urgent Decisions

To report any urgent action taken under the Constitution since the last meeting of the Committee.

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4.

Public Question Time

Members of the public are invited to put questions to the Chair on any matters within the powers and duties of the Committee, subject to the exclusions set out in the Code of Practice.  (Questions must be submitted prior to the commencement of the meetingon the card provided.  These are available at the meeting. You can also submit via the Council’s website at www.stockport.gov.uk/publicquestions).

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5.

Exclusion of the Public and the Public Interest Test

To consider whether it is in the public interest to exclude the public during consideration of agenda item 11 which contain information ‘not for publication’ by virtue of Category 3 ‘Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority)’ as set out in the Local Government Act 1972 as amended.

 

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6.

Star Procurement Update pdf icon PDF 779 KB

To consider a presentation from the Director of Procurement.

 

The presentation outlines success to date and the next steps.

 

The Committee is invited to comment on the presentation.

 

Officer contact: John Pearsall on 474 4033 or email: john.pearsall@stockport.gov.uk

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7.

Annual Governance Statement - Action Plan pdf icon PDF 50 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Governance Group.

 

The Action Plan outlines the key governance issues currently facing the Council along with agreed controls put in place to manage the issue.  A quarterly update is provided via communication and challenge to nominated officers specified by the Corporate Governance Group.

 

The Committee is asked to comment on the Annual Governance Statement Action Plan.

 

Officer Contact: John Pearsall on 474 4033 or email: john.pearsall@stockport.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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8.

Internal Audit Progress Report 2 (July to September 2018) pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To consider a report of the Borough Treasurer.

 

The report sets out the progress made by internal audit against the approved 2018/19 internal audit plan for the period 1st July 2018 to 30th September 2018 (Appendix 2).

The report also informs Members of the resources utilised by Internal Audit during the period, the activities undertaken in the reporting period, and the status of work currently being undertaken.

 

The Committee is invited to comment on the report.

 

Officer contact: John Pearsall on 474 4033 or Email: john.pearsall@stockport.gov.uk

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9.

Internal Audit Planning Methodology 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 52 KB

To consider a report of the Borough Treasurer.

 

The report informs Members of the proposed planning methodology required to produce the Annual Internal Audit Plan (2019/20). This includes a timetable for the planning process.

 

The Audit Committee is invited to comment on the proposed planning methodology.

 

Officer contact: John Pearsall on 474 4033 or email: john.pearsall@stockport.gov.uk

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10.

Corporate Risk Register 2018/19 Q2 pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To consider a report of the Borough Treasurer.

 

In response to the Risk Management Peer Review report, the residual corporate risks have now been scored for likelihood and impact. The risk register has also been cleansed to remove commentary and controls no longer relevant and updated for recent developments.

 

The Audit Committee is asked to comment on the current corporate risks identified in the Register.

 

Officer Contact: John Pearsall on 474 4033 or Email: john.pearsall@stockport.gov.uk

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11.

Risk Based Verification Review pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To consider a report of the Borough Treasurer.

 

The report sets out the Council’s current risk based verification (RBV) process for dealing with the evidence requirements in support of claims for both Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support, which was adopted in 2012.  Approval is sought for the continuation of this approach, which remains unchanged.

 

The Audit Committee is asked to note the content of the policy and confirm that the levels of evidence requested for each of the risk categories remains appropriate.

 

Officer contact:  Alison Blount on 474 5107 or email: Alison.blount@stockport.gov.uk

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12.

Risk Management Peer Review - Final Report pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To consider a report of the Borough Treasurer.

 

In order to enable the necessary safeguards to be demonstrated a peer review of the risk management arrangements in place at Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) was commissioned. This review was carried out by the Head of Internal Audit, Risk and Insurance and the Insurance, Risk and Counter Fraud Advisor at Warrington Borough Council (WBC) in May 2018.

 

The Audit Committee is asked to endorse the responses to the recommendations in the Action Plan.

 

Officer contact: John Pearsall on 474 4033 or email: john.pearsall@stockport.gov.uk

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13.

SMBC Audit Progress Report pdf icon PDF 681 KB

To consider a report from the external auditor, Mazars.

 

The report provides the Committee with the first progress report in respect of the 2018/19 audit year.

 

The Committee is asked to note the report.

 

Officer contact: John Pearsall on 474 4033 or email: john.pearsall@stockport.gov.uk

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14.

Debt Write Off pdf icon PDF 57 KB

To consider a report of the Borough Treasurer.

 

The report details write offs of low value amounts of debt for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

 

The Committee is requested to note and comment upon the information provided.

The Committee is asked to confirm if it wishes to continue to receive this report.

 

Officer contact: Alison Blount on 474 5107 or email: Alison.blount@stockport.gov.uk

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