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To take any questions from members of the Public.
No questions were asked or had been submitted by members of the public.
Declarations of Interest
Members are asked to declare the existence and nature of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests in respect of any item of business to be considered at the meeting.
No declarations of interest were made by Members in items on the agenda for this meeting.
This report seeks the Committee’s approval of the draft Annual Governance Statement for 2019/20 and that it receives the Annual Internal Audit Report & Opinion for the year ended 31 March 2020.
The Committee received a report seeking its approval of the draft Annual Governance Statement for 2019/20 and that it receives the Annual Internal Audit Report & Opinion for the year ended 31 March 2020.
The Committee received an introduction from the Head of Policy, Performance and Governance.
The following points were raised by the Committee:
Complaints: It was noted that there was no further action to be brought to the Committee regarding complaints, and that the level of those received would continue to be monitored. It was noted that levels had improved from last year.
Tense throughout reports: Members raised concerns inconsistencies within reports relating to tense. It was noted that these were correctly written, and reflected actions completed throughout the course of the year.
Progress in debt recovery actions: Members raised concerns regarding progress in debt-recovery actions. It was noted that Management collated a number of actions to be complete in order to mitigate the identified risks, and would work through these actions to address them. The Committee would be updated with this progress in the next meeting.
Following consideration, it was resolved with 7 Members voting for, 1 abstention, and the Chair not voting that the Committee:
(1) Approved the 2019/20 Annual Governance Statement (AGS) as set out in Appendix 1, prior to it being signed by the Chief Executive and the Chairman of the Strategy & Resources Committee on behalf of the Council.
(2) Received the Annual Internal Audit Report & Opinion 2019/20 as set out in Appendix 2.
(3) Agreed to give delegated authority to the Chief Finance Officer to make any required amendments to the AGS prior to its submission with the Statement of Accounts.