Committee details

Audit Committee

Purpose of committee

1.                     Terms of Reference of the Audit Committee

Audit Activity

(a)      To review, in collaboration with the Audit, Risk and Anti-Fraud Manager, the Internal Audit Charter on an annual basis and to consider and approve any further development of the Council’s Internal Audit Charter, Strategy or terms of reference such as shall be appropriate.

(b)     To consider and approve the annual internal audit plan, including a summary of internal audit activity regarding the level of assurance that it can give over the Council’s internal control, corporate governance and risk management arrangements. Further, to commission work as required from both Internal and External Audit.

(c)      To consider the Audit, Risk and Anti-Fraud Manager’s annual report and assurance opinion.

(d)     To consider quarterly progress reports from the Audit, Risk and Anti-Fraud Manager regarding the progress of the Annual Internal Plan. The Committee may request to review any individual audit report should they or the Audit, Risk and Anti-Fraud Manager deem it appropriate to do so.

(e)      To consider a report on the progress of all recommendations made by internal audit and other external regulatory or review agencies.

(f)      To receive and consider the annual report on the review of the effectiveness of the internal audit function.

(g)      To consider confidential reports on investigations carried out by Internal Audit of suspected fraud; corruption or bribery allegations within the Council or its partners.

(h)     To liaise with the Audit Commission regarding the appointment of the Council’s External Auditor; to consider the appointed External Auditor’s annual letter, relevant reports, and the report to those charged with governance.

(i)       To comment on the scope and depth of external audit work and to ensure it gives value for money.

(j)       To consider any external audit report resulting from the Statement of Accounts and any recommendations and comments received from the District Auditor.

 

Regulatory Framework

(k)      To maintain an overview of the effective development and operation of corporate governance and risk management in the Council, and to monitor compliance with statutory duties and the Council’s Constitution in respect of Financial and Contract Procedure Rules.

(l)       To monitor Council policies on ‘Raising Concerns at Work’; the anti-fraud and anti-corruption strategy; the Bribery Act; and the Council’s complaints process; including the Council’s whistleblowing arrangements.

(m)    To consider and approve the Council’s Annual Governance Statement and recommend its adoption to Council

(n)     To monitor the Council’s arrangements for corporate governance and if necessary to recommend actions to ensure compliance with best practice; and to also consider compliance with the Council’s own and other published standards and controls.

(o)     To receive and consider reports from the monitoring officer on lawfulness and/or maladministration; to review any issue referred by the Chief Executive, a Chief Officer, or a Statutory Officer.

(p)     To monitor the implementation of the Members’ Allowance Scheme.

Accounts

(q)     To review the annual Statement of Accounts. Specifically to consider whether appropriate accounting policies, including International Financial Reporting Standards, have been followed and whether there are concerns arising from the financial statements or from the audit that need to be brought to the attention of the Council.

(r)      To approve the Statutory Statement of Accounts when the deadline for approval does not allow approval by full Council.

(s)      To consider the external auditor’s report to those charged with governance on issues arising from the audit of the accounts, and comments received from the District Auditor.

 

Membership

 

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