Agenda

Audit Committee
Wednesday, 17th November, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services  0161 474 3216

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Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 211 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 8 September 2021.

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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.

STAR Update pdf icon PDF 495 KB

To consider a report of the Star Director, Star Procurement

 

The report provides Members with an update on the latest position at Star Procurement.

 

The Committee is asked to comment on and note the report.

 

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

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6.

Debt Write Off Report pdf icon PDF 137 KB

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

 

The report provides Members with details of write offs of low-level amounts of debt for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

 

The Committee is requested to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer Contact: Nick Long on 07800 618046 or Email: nick.long@stockport.gov.uk

 

 

 

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7.

Internal Audit Progress Statement 2 (1st July 2021 to 31st October 2021) pdf icon PDF 25 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive ad Section 151 Officer.

 

The report sets out the progress made by internal audit against the revised Risk Based Internal Audit and Covid Assurance Plans originally approved by the Audit Committee in March 2021.    

 

The Committee is requested to comment on and note the report.

 

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

 

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8.

Summary Report - Limited Assurance Audit Reports 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 99 KB

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

 

The summary report sets out the background, findings and subsequent progress made in those audit areas given a Limited Assurance audit opinion, following an internal audit review.  The report also informs inform Audit Committee members of any over-riding issues that have been identified and the activities undertaken by management to improve controls in the future.

 

The Committee is requested to comment on and note the report.

 

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

 

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9.

Annual Governance Statement Action Plan pdf icon PDF 124 KB

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

 

The report is 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 in July 2021.

The Action Plan outlines the current two key governance issues currently facing the Council along with agreed controls put in place to manage the issues. This report provides updates from lead officers on progress to date and developments in the governance of these issues.

The Committee is requested to comment on and note the report.

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

 

 

 

 

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10.

Risk Register Update 2 pdf icon PDF 127 KB

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

 

The Corporate Risk Register (CRR) was last updated and distributed to Audit Committee in July 2021. Identified leads for each risk were asked to provide updates where required. This updated CRR reflects the changes to the Council’s overall risk profile as follows.

The Committee is requested to comment on and note the report.

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

 

 

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11.

Options for Appointment of External Auditor pdf icon PDF 329 KB

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

 

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 (the Act) at Section 7 states that

a ‘relevant authority must appoint a local auditor to audit its accounts for a

financial year not later than 31 December in the preceding financial year.’ 

The current auditor appointment arrangements cover the period up to and

including the audit of the 2022/23 accounts.

 

The Committee is requested to consider the options for the procurement

of external audit services and support the preferred option to opt into

the sector-led option through PSAA for the appointment of external

Auditors to principal local government and police bodies for five

Financial years from 1 April 2023.

 

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

 

           

 

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12.

Audit Progress Report - Mazars pdf icon PDF 380 KB

To consider a report of the external auditors, Mazars.

 

The report provides the Committee with an update on progress in delivering Mazars responsibilities as the external auditors.

 

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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