Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

11.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 102 KB

Members are requested to approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on the 14th June 2022.

Minutes:

The Head of Internal Audit updated Members of the Committee that in relation to the internal audit review of payroll systems that all recommendations had been actioned.

 

RESOLVED

That the minutes held on the meeting of the Audit and Governance Committee held on 14 June 2022 be approved as a correct record.

12.

Declarations of Interest

Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary, personal or personal and prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests relating to items on this agenda and/or indicate if S106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.   

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

13.

Annual Governance Statement 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 128 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate/Interim Director of Resources.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report seeking approval of the Annual Governance Statement.  The Committee were informed that the Council was required under Regulation 4(3) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 to produce an Annual Governance Statement (AGS) to accompany the Annual Statement of Accounts which must be signed by the Leader of the Council, Chief Executive, Chief Finance Officer (Section 151 Officer) and the Monitoring Officer.

 

The purpose of the AGS process was to provide a continuous review of the effectiveness of the Council’s internal control and risk management systems so as to give assurance on their effectiveness and/or to produce a management action plan to address identified weaknesses in either process.

 

The Annual Governance Statement for the year ended 31st March 2022 was submitted for approval, together with the annual audit opinion from the Chief Internal Auditor, the external review and inspection reports and an action plan to address issues raised and ensures that there is continuous improvement in the governance of the Authority.

 

RESOLVED

That the Annual Governance Statement be approved.

14.

Audit and Governance Committee Annual Report 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 275 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate/ Chief Finance Officer.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Head of Internal Audit advising that, in order to comply with best professional practice, the Audit and Governance Committee should complete an annual report to the Council on the work undertaken by the Committee during the previous year.

 

RESOLVED

That the Annual Audit and Governance Committee report be submitted to the next meeting of Council.

15.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider that the press and public be excluded from the remaining part of the meeting pursuant to Section 100(A)4 of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that discussions may involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the provisions of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 and public interest would not be served in publishing the information.

Minutes:

RESOLVED

That the Press and Public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business, in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.

 

Reason for the resolution

Should the press and public remain during debate on this item there may be a disclosure of information that is deemed to be exempt under Part 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

16.

Special Guardianship

To consider the report of the Director of Children’s Services / Head of Internal Audit.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Director of Children’s Services setting out actions undertaken in response to the internal audit review of special guardianship procedures at Rochdale BC.

 

It was reported that the concerns raised within the audit had been addressed.

 

RESOLVED

That the report be noted.

17.

Presentation - 2021/22 Accounts

To receive a presentation from the Assistant Chief Finance Officer.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a presentation of the Deputy Chief Finance Officer providing the Committee with a detailed understanding of the work undertaken in preparation of the annual accounts 2021/22.

 

RESOLVED

That the presentation be noted.