Agenda and minutes

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To receive any apologies for absence, including notifications of any changes to the membership of the Committee.



An apology for absence was received from Councillor Long.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of the Audit Committee held on 22 January 2019.


The Minutes of the meeting of the Audit Committee held on 22 January 2019 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Urgent Items

To consider any other items that the Chairman decides are urgent.


The Committee considered the item in Minute 170, and not included on the agenda, the Chairman being of the opinion that they were urgent by reason of special circumstances i.e. the matter having arisen since the agenda was prepared and it was unreasonable to delay a decision until the next meeting.


Housing Benefit Subsidy Claim 2017/18


Members considered an exempt letter that had been sent to the Department for Work and Pension in response to the Housing Benefit 2017/18 Subsidy Claim.  Members sought details regarding the levels of testing undertaken by external and internal audit as well as actions being taken by the Senior Leadership Team to ensure the quality control processes are in place when processing claims.  The Council has also decided that a fundamental review of its Housing Benefit processing should be undertaken and is working with the Local Government Association and Civica as to their support in order to review our current operations and identify learning.




i)   That a further update report be presented to a future Audit Committee, that the update include details of the level of testing performed to date and results thereof; and


ii)  that an update be circulated to the Mayor and Groups Leaders.


Internal Audit Strategy pdf icon PDF 125 KB

To note the submitted report.


Members noted the Internal Audit Strategy which is a high-level statement of how the internal audit service will be delivered and developed in accordance with the Internal Audit Charter.


Internal Audit Charter pdf icon PDF 198 KB

To note the submitted report.


The Committee noted the Internal Audit Charter which formally described the purpose, authority and principal responsibilities of the Council’s Internal Audit Service.


Internal Audit Plan 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 705 KB

To consider a report that sets out the Internal Audit Plan for 2019-20.


The Audit Committee noted the audit plan which sets out the proposed internal audit activity for the year and an outline scope of coverage.  At the start of each audit the scope is discussed and agreed with management with the view to providing management, the Chief Finance Officer and members with assurance on the control framework to manage the risks identified.  Members further noted the plan will remain flexible and any changes will be agreed formally with management.


Corporate Performance Report Quarter 3 pdf icon PDF 737 KB

To note the report on the above.


The Corporate Performance Report for Quarter 3 was noted.


LGA Finance Peer Challenge Action Plan - Progress Update pdf icon PDF 163 KB

To note the progress made against the LGA Finance Peer Challenge Action Plan.


The Director of Corporate Services provided Members with an update on the actions set out in LGA Finance Peer Challenge – Action Plan.


External Audit Plan - Year Ending 31 March 2019 pdf icon PDF 383 KB

To consider the Council’s External Auditors Audit Plan.


Members noted a report that that provided an overview of the planned scope and timing of the statutory audit of Torbay Council.  Grant Thornton as the Council’s External Auditors will form and express an opinion on the:


·         Authority’s financial statements that have been prepared by management with the oversight of those charged with governance the Audit Committee; and


·         Value for money arrangements in place at the Authority for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in your use of resources.


Members further noted that the audit approach was based on a thorough understanding of the Authority’s business and was risk based.


Audit Progress Report and Sector Update pdf icon PDF 201 KB

To note the report on the above.


Members noted a report which detailed the progress Grant Thornton has made in delivering their responsibilities as the Council’s External Auditors.  The report also included a summary of emerging national issues and developments that may be relevant to the Council.