Agenda and minutes

Audit Committee - Wednesday, 25 August 2021 6.30 pm

Venue: De Montfort Suite, Hinckley Hub. View directions

Contact: Rebecca Valentine-Wilkinson, Democratic Services Officer on 01455 255834 or email 

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Apologies and substitutions


Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors L Hodgkins, M Lay & B Walker with the following substitutions authorised in accordance with council procedure rule 10:


Councillor Webber-Jones for Councillor Walker


Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting.


To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 9 June 2021.


It was moved by Councillor Pendlebury, seconded by Councillor Fleming and

RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 9 June be approved as a correct record


Councillor Webber-Jones entered the meeting at 6.32 p.m.


Declarations of interest

To receive verbally from members any disclosures which they are required to make in accordance with the Council’s code of conduct or in pursuance of Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. This is in addition to the need for such disclosure to be also given when the relevant matter is reached on the agenda.


No interests were declared.


Arrangements for Appointing the External Auditors pdf icon PDF 739 KB

This report summarises the arrangements for appointing External Auditors



The content of the report was considered and it was agreed that the preferred option was to go with the contract managed by Public Sector Audit Appoints Ltd (PSAA) which was set up by the Local Government Association (LGA) with delegated authority from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to appoint the external auditors when our current contract runs out from 2023/24.


RESOLVED – Council be RECOMMENDED to remain in the PSAA framework



Unaudited statement of accounts 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 469 KB

The draft Financial Statement 2020/21 that are subject to external audit

Additional documents:


The draft financial statement for 2020/21 that were subject to external audit were presented.


The Head of Finance highlighted that additional Government grants and coronavirus had had a significant influence on the accounts over the last year, with significant growth required on expenditure in certain departments.




Commercial Rents Internal Audit Report pdf icon PDF 454 KB

Report of the Internal Auditor


The internal auditors presented the commercial rents report which provided an independent assessment of the effectiveness of the council’s financial management of its industrial units.


The audit gave overall insurance with improvement required but did identify some areas of good practice. There were also some areas of concern, with regard to separation of duties and lack of documentation and evidence of rent reviews and backlog on updating lease agreements.


The auditors confirmed that in the intervening periods they had caught up on some of the backlogs.


The Internal Auditors would look at the follow up arrangements within the next six months.


A member expressed concern that the report didn’t cover Block C of the Crescent. In response, the auditor reported that it wasn’t within the scope of the audit.


Members noted the report.


Communications Strategy Internal Audit Report - August 2021 pdf icon PDF 401 KB

Report of the Internal Auditor


The internal auditors presented the communications strategy internal audit report


The internal auditors confirmed significant assurance in this area with two relatively low risks and confirmed that good processes were in place and it was a very positive report.


Members noted the report.



Risk Management Internal Audit Report pdf icon PDF 451 KB

Report of the Internal Auditor


The internal auditors presented the risk management internal audit report.


This year an audit of the risk management processes had been undertaken as part of the approved internal audit plan for 2020/21.


They concluded that the processes provided a partial level of assurance with improvement required as there were some weaknesses in the controls designed to mitigate the risk management process examined during this audit. 


Members noted the report.



Internal Audit Progress Reports & Sector Update pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Report of the Internal Auditor


The internal auditors presented the internal audit progress and sector update reports.


Members noted the report.