Agenda and minutes

Audit Committee - Thursday, 12 April 2018 6.30 pm

Venue: De Montfort Suite, Hinckley Hub

No. Item


Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 32 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting.


It was moved by Councillor Camamile, seconded by Councillor Williams and


RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 15 February be confirmed and signed by the chairman.


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 at this stage.


Audit Committee briefing pdf icon PDF 427 KB

Briefing for Audit Committee from the external auditor.


The briefing paper from Ernst & Young, which provided an update on issues which may have an impact on the authority, was noted.


Finance continuous auditing Q3 pdf icon PDF 423 KB


In presenting the finance continuous auditing report for quarter 3, it was reported that no exceptions had been found during testing. In relation to purchase orders, it was noted that the Audit Committee would receive a briefing when the quarter 4 figures had been issued. The auditors were comfortable that the majority of cases where no purchase order had been raised were unavoidable due to items such as daily transfers and salaries.


Internal audit report - housing repairs pdf icon PDF 552 KB


The committee gave consideration to the internal audit report into Housing Repairs. Members requested clarification on how officers ensured that the material ordered for a job was appropriate and how unused materials were reconciled.


A member noted that a report from Housing Repairs would be brought to the next meeting of the Finance & Performance Scrutiny.


Internal audit report - Environmental Health (Pest Control) pdf icon PDF 518 KB


Members received the internal audit report into the pest control service. It was noted that the findings were low risk and the recommendation had already been implemented.


Internal audit report - management of S106 agreements pdf icon PDF 594 KB


The internal audit report on management of S106 agreements was presented to the committee. It was noted that it was a low risk report with one medium recommendation which related to the way in which reconciliation was evidenced due to the use of a live database, but that this had already been actioned by saving the database monthly.


Audit progress report pdf icon PDF 565 KB

Report of the internal auditor.


The internal auditor reported that work was proceeding in accordance with the annual audit plan and an annual opinion would be brought to the next meeting. Members were reminded that the plan was flexible to enable re-phasing of work when necessary and to allow for auditing of any matters that may arise in-year.


Internal audit tender

Members will receive a verbal update on progress of the tender process for a new internal auditor.


Members were informed of the new auditor appointed. Thanks were extended to PWC, the outgoing auditor, for work during the term of the contract and the good working relationship was highlighted.