Agenda

Audit Committee
Wednesday, 17th March, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1, Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services  0161 474 3216

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Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 210 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 9 December 2020.

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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 meeting.  You can also submit via the Council’s website at www.stockport.gov.uk/publicquestions).

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5.

2020/2021 Accounting Policies pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To consider a report of Deputy Chief Executive (Section 151 Officer).

 

The report updates Members of the Committee on 2020/2021 Accounting policies.

 

The Audit Committee is requested to approve the Council’s proposed Accounting Policies to be adopted in preparing the Council’s 2020/21 Annual Statement of Accounts.

 

Officer contact: Jonathan Davies on telephone number Tel: 0161 218 1025 or email jonathan.davies@stockport.gov.uk

 

 

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6.

Internal Audit Progress Report 4 (1st November 2020 to 31st January 2021) pdf icon PDF 576 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director, Corporate and Support Services and Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The report sets out the progress made in the period 1st November 2020 to 31st January 2021 against the updated 2020-21 audit plan approved in August 2020.

 

Audit Committee is requested to note and comment upon the report.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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7.

Internal Audit Plan and Audit Charter 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (and Section 151 Officer)

 

The Internal Audit Plan 2021/22 outlines the key areas of the Council that

current internal audit resources will be directed, in the next financial year.

 

Audit Committee is asked to approve the 2021/22 Internal Audit Plan and

Charter.

 

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

 

 

 

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8.

AGS Action Plan Progress Report pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To consider a report of theDeputy Chief Executive (and Section 151 Officer).

 

The report advises Members of the Council’s Annual Governance Action Plan

arising from the latest Annual Governance Statement (AGS).

 

The AGS was approved by the Audit Committee at its meeting on 9th

September 2020.

 

The Action Plan outlines the current four key governance issues currently

facing the Council along with agreed controls put in place to manage the issue

and updates since the last report to Audit Committee on the 9th December

2020.

 

Audit Committee is requested to note the report and comment upon the

contents.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9.

Arrangements For Completing the AGS 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (and Section 151 Officer)

 

The report sets out the proposed arrangements for completion of the

Annual Governance Statement for 2021/21. The final AGS will be produced and presented at the Audit Committee in September 2021 along with Annual Accounts.

 

Audit Committee is asked to approve the process for completion of the Statement.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10.

T considerPSIAS - Quality Assurance and Improvement Programme 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (and Section 151 Officer)

 

The attached QAIP sets out the quality assurance arrangements in place for internal

audit for 2020/21 along with the self-assessment results of the QIAP for 2020/21 and the proposed basis that the Head of Internal Audit, Risk and Insurance will use for the external assessment of the Council’s internal audit function, which is required under the PSIAS.

 

Audit Committee is asked to note the QAIP and the results of the self-assessment.

 

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

 

 

 

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11.

Corporate Risk Register Q4 Update pdf icon PDF 179 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (and Section 151 Officer)

 

The CRR reflects the changes to the Council’s overall risk profile. The Corporate Risk Register (CRR) was last updated and distributed to Audit Committee on the 9th December 2020.

The register has been updated to reflect changes in the corporate risk environment.

 

Audit Committee is asked to note the contents of the Corporate Risk Register.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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12.

The Redmond Review - Government Response pdf icon PDF 168 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (and Section 151 Officer)

 

The response from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to the Redmond Review into local audit and the transparency of local authority financial reporting demonstrates a commitment by the government to supporting the resilience of the local audit framework

 

Audit Committee is asked to note the contents of the report.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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13.

National Audit Office Procurement Report pdf icon PDF 133 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (and Section 151 Officer)

 

This report provides a summary of the UK government’s response to COVID-19 to date. 

Audit Committee is requested to note the report.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

This report provides a summary of the UK government’s response to COVID-19 to date.

The report has been written by the National Audit Office (NAO).

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14.

Annual Audit Letter 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 613 KB

To consider the Annual Audit letter provided by the External Auditor.

 

The Committee is requested to note the letter.

 

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

 

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15.

Audit Strategy Memorandum 2020/21 (Mazars) pdf icon PDF 618 KB

To consider a report from the external auditor, Mazars.

 

The report provides a summary of the audit strategy memorandum 2020/21.

 

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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