Agenda and minutes

West Devon Audit Committee
Tuesday, 9th February, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Teams

Contact: Email: Democratic.Services@swdevon.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

*AC 19

Items Requiring Urgent Attention

To consider those items which, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be considered by the Meeting as matters of urgency (if any).

 

 

Minutes:

                   

 *AC 19       

 There were no items requiring urgent attention raised by the Chairman.

 

 

*AC 20

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 203 KB

Meeting held on 13 October 2020

Minutes:

*AC 20 

The Minutes of the Committee Meeting held on 13 October 2020 were confirmed as a correct record.

           

*AC 21

Grant Thornton - Annual Audit Letter pdf icon PDF 306 KB

Minutes:

*AC 21            

The External Auditor took Members through the Annual Audit Letter.

                    

In response to Member questions, he stated that the PSAA fee was in its second year of contract. The Audit fee had been too low for a number of years and with regulators expecting increasing workload the fee had subsequently gone up. Covid-19 had also impacted, with a 15% increase. Fee increases would be discussed next year. PSAA was advising on the base rate at £33,335 for the scale fee. An extra £1,500 accounted for work around pensions and £1,500 on property plant & equipment work.

 

It was noted that Mr Steve Johnson (Grant Thornton Audit Manager) had retired after 34 years of work. The Chairman asked to send him the thanks and appreciation of the whole Committee, who wished him well for his retirement.

 

           

It was then RESOLVED that:

 

The Grant Thornton Annual Audit Letter be noted.

 

*AC 22

Treasury Management Mid-Year Review pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

*AC 22             

Cllr Edmonds introduced the report to the Committee. The S151 Officer confirmed that daily monitoring took place in regard to getting the best investments.

          

It was then RESOLVED that:

 

The Treasury Management Mid-Year Review report be endorsed.

 

*AC 23

Update on Progress on the 2020-21 Internal Audit Plan pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

*AC 23          

Cllr Edmonds introduced Members to the progress report on the 2020-21 Internal Audit Plan. The Internal Audit Manager explained the impact of Covid-19 on the Internal Audit Plan. In response to Member questions, the Internal Audit Manager stated that expertise was occasionally needed to bring contractors to task as currently it was left to individual departments to monitor. Checks on new staff joining and those leaving the employ of the Council and the need for more controls with regard to agency staff was also raised.

                     

It was RESOLVED that:

 

The Update on Progress on the 2020-21 Internal Audit Plan be noted and approved.

 

 

*AC 24

Sundry Debt pdf icon PDF 533 KB

Minutes:

 

*AC 24          

Cllr Edmonds introduced the report. In response to Member questions, the Section 151 Officer explained that high debts were assessed on a case by case basis. The Write-off of debts over £5,000 were presented to the Hub Committee for approval, whereas those under £5,000 were approved by the S151 Officer under delegated authority. It was requested that the officer in charge of reviewing Housing Benefit Overpayments be invited to the next Audit Committee meeting to give Members a better understanding of the process.

 

A Member asked for further information on three debts that were over£10,000 and the S151 Officer undertook to provide a written response on this to Members after this Audit Committee meeting.

 

It was RESOLVED that:

 

The latest position regarding Sundry Debts be noted.

 

 

*AC 25

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) Update pdf icon PDF 454 KB

PART TWO – ITEMS WHICH MAY BE TAKEN IN THE ABSENCE OF THE PUBLIC AND PRESS ON THE GROUNDS THAT EXEMPT INFORMATION MAY BE DISCLOSED (if any).

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.”

 

This document can be made available in large print, Braille, tape format, other languages or alternative format upon request. Please contact the Committee section on 01822 813662 or email darryl.white@swdevon.gov.uk

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

*AC 25          

Cllr Edmonds presented the report to Members and there were no Member questions or issues raised.

 

It was then RESOLVED that the Committee:

 

1.       Welcome the report of the Investigatory Power Commissioners Office (Appendix A); and

 

2.       Acknowledge that there had been no RIPA Authorisations since the last report had been presented to Members (2018).