Agenda and minutes

West Devon Audit Committee
Tuesday, 25th June, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Chamber - Kilworthy Park. View directions

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Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 31 KB

Meeting held on 12 March 2019


* AC 1

The Minutes of the Committee Meeting held on 12 March 2019 were confirmed and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.




Grant Thornton Audit Progress Report pdf icon PDF 2 MB


* AC 2            

The External Auditor took members through the report.


It was then RESOLVED that:


The report be noted 




Grant Thornton Audit Plan pdf icon PDF 4 MB

(NOTE: This is the same report that was considered at the last Committee meeting on 12 March 2019; at the request of Grant Thornton, it has been thought useful to include again as the composition of the Committee has changed following the Local Elections of May 2019).


* AC 3            

The External Auditor took Members through the External Audit Plan. He highlighted to the committee the significant risks and the mitigations in place. The S151 Officer responded to a member question around risk of pressure in the early closedown stating measures are taken to ensure the timetable is met.


It was then RESOLVED that:


The report was noted



Grant Thornton External Audit Fee Letter pdf icon PDF 675 KB


* AC 4            

The External Auditor presented the external audit letter to the Committee.


It was then RESOLVED that:


The content of the letter be noted



Draft Statement of Accounts 2018/19 and Draft Annual Governance Statement 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Additional documents:


  *AC 5           

The Lead Member for Performance & Resources introduced the report to the committee. It was confirmed that the limit of the Council’s exposure on the SW Mutual Bank was for the £49,995 purchase of shares. There was one question around Serveco and the S151 Officer confirmed that there would be a recommendation from officers to close the dormant company.


A member highlighted that the link within the Accounts to the Members’ allowances note needed updating.


Regarding the Pensions note to the Accounts (Page 129 of the agenda), a Member noted that the share in Overseas equities had increased from 37% (in March 2018) to 43% in March 2019 and the share in UK equities had fallen from 22% (in March 2018) to 17% in March 2019. The S151 Officer confirmed that the Pensions Fund was administered by Devon County Council and the Pensions Committee of DCC set the Strategy for Investment.


A member asked for confirmation that the £89,000 underspend for the 2018/19 financial year went into the Unearmarked Reserves. The S151 Officered confirmed this was correct and that Unearmarked Reserves at 31.3.2019 stood at £1.286 million. A further question was asked by the Member if the Council could also consider setting an Upper Limit for Unearmarked Reserves as well as a Minimum Limit. The S151 Officer confirmed that this could be incorporated as a recommendation within the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) which Members would consider in September 2019.


In response to a question, the Head of Finance Practice confirmed that de-minimis was a ‘minimum’ level, with items below that value not considered.


With regards to the CCLA Investment, it was confirmed that a yearly evaluation on the CCLA Property Fund would take place and this followed a discussion around IFRS9 and to elect to present in other comprehensive income, changes in fair values of all equity investments including the CLLA investment


The Lead Officer for Performance and Resources thanked the finance team for all their hard work. The Chair seconded the vote of thanks.




It was then RESOLVED that:


1.      The Draft Statement of Accounts and the Draft Annual Governance Statement (AGS) for the financial year ended 31 March 2019 were noted.

2.      The Committee elected to present in other comprehensive income changes in fair value of all equity instruments including

The CCLA investment in accordance with IFRS 9 – Financial Instruments with effect from 1 April 2018

3.      It was noted that delegated authority had been exercised by the Section 151 Officer to transfer £30,000 of additional planning income received in 2018/19 to the Joint Local Plan Earmarked Reserve.



Annual Report of the Statutory Officers Panel (2018/19) pdf icon PDF 61 KB


 *AC 6  

The Lead Member for Performance & Resources introduced the report to the committee. The Monitoring Officer gave feedback on the Peer Review and Induction Scheme.


It was then RESOLVED that:


The Annual Report of the Statutory Officers’ Panel be noted



Internal Audit Annual Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 309 KB


*AC 7

The Lead Member for Performance & Resources introduced the report to the committee. A discussion took place as to tree inspections and the level of training given for such inspections. Good progress was being made on S106 agreements with a shared S106  Officer post now being in place.


It was then RESOLVED that:


1.    The Audit Committee noted that overall and based on work performed during 2018/19, and that of our experience from previous year’s audit, the Head of Internal Audit’s Opinion is of “Substantial Assurance” on the adequacy and effectiveness of the Authority’s internal control network.


2.    Members noted the satisfactory performance and achievements of the Internal Audit Team during 2018/19




Proposed Committee Workplan for the 2019/20 Financial Year pdf icon PDF 14 KB



The Committee is recommended to pass the following resolution:


“RESOLVED that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the Meeting on the grounds that exempt information may be disclosed as defined in the paragraph given below in bold type from Part I of Schedule 12(A) to the Act.”


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* AC 8  

The Workplan was introduced by the S151 Officer.