Agenda

Audit Committee - Wednesday, 26th January, 2022 10.15 am

Venue: Block 1 Floor 2, County Hall, Morpeth, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF

Contact: Andrea Todd 

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Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 567 KB

Minutes of the meeting of the Audit Committee held on 24 November 2021, as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

3.

DISCLOSURE OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS

Unless already entered in the Council’s Register of Members’ interests, members are required to disclose any personal interest (which includes any disclosable pecuniary interest) they may have in any of the items included on the agenda for the meeting in accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council on 4 July 2012, and are reminded that if they have any personal interests of a prejudicial nature (as defined under paragraph 17 of the Code Conduct) they must not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter.

 

NB?Any member needing clarification must contact?the Monitoring Officer at monitoringofficer@northumberland.gov.uk.??Please refer to the guidance on disclosures at the rear of this Agenda letter.

 

4.

REPORT OF THE INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND SECTION 151 OFFICER pdf icon PDF 476 KB

Treasury Management Strategy Statement for the Financial Year 2022-23

 

The Local Government Act 2003 requires the Council to set out its Treasury Strategy for borrowing and to prepare an Annual Investment Strategy, which sets out the policies for managing investments and for giving priority to the security and liquidity of those investments. The Council nominates Audit Committee to be responsible for ensuring effective scrutiny of the Treasury Management Strategy and Policy.  This report sets out the Treasury Management Strategy, Treasury Management Policy Statement, the Annual Investment Strategy for the Financial Year 2022-23, Prudential Indicators 2022-23 to 2025-26 and the Minimum Revenue Provision Policy 2022-23.

Additional documents:

5.

REPORT OF THE ACTING CHIEF INTERNAL AUDITOR pdf icon PDF 234 KB

Preparation of the Strategic Audit Plan – 2022/23

 

The purpose of this report is to outline the approach to preparing the 2022/23 Strategic Audit Plan, for consideration and endorsement by the Audit Committee.  The report also ensures the Audit Committee, as a key stakeholder of Internal Audit’s work, is engaged at an early stage in the planning process.

6.

REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ADULTS SOCIAL CARE AND CHILDREN’S SERVICES pdf icon PDF 967 KB

Review of External Inspection Reports – Adults and Children’s Services

 

To inform members of the activity pertaining to Adults Social Care and Children's Services regarding external inspections and associated actions.  This covers the period from 1st July 2021 to 31st December 2021.

7.

REPORT OF THE EXTERNAL AUDITOR

Annual Auditors Report 2020-21

 

To receive a verbal report.

8.

URGENT BUSINESS

9.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 23 March 2022at 10:15 am. 

PART II

It is expected that matters included in this part of the Agenda will be dealt with in private.  Reports referred to are enclosed for members and officers only, coloured pink and marked "Not for Publication".

10.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

The Audit Committee is invited to consider passing the following resolution:

 

(a) That under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items on the Agenda as it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the 1972 Act, and

 

(b) That the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure for the following reasons:-

 

Agenda Item             

 

11                           Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A

Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding the information).

 

Disclosure could adversely affect the business reputation or confidence in the person/organisation, and could adversely affect commercial revenue.

 

11.

REPORT OF THE ACTING CHIEF INTERNAL AUDITOR

Group Audit Committee

 

To receive a verbal update.