Agenda

Venue: Boardrooms 7&8 - Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley HA9 0FJ

Contact: Kunwar Khan, Governance Officer  Tel: 020 8937 2037; Email:  kunwar.khan@brent.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence and clarification of alternate Members

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare at this stage of the meeting, the nature and existence of any relevant disclosable pecuniary or personal interests in the items on this agenda and to specify the item(s) to which they relate.

3.

Deputations (if any)

To hear any deputations received from members of the public in accordance with Standing Order 67.

4.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting as a correct record.

5.

Matters arising (if any)

To consider any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.

STANDARDS ITEMS

6.

Quarterly update on Gifts and Hospitality pdf icon PDF 228 KB

The report updates the Audit and Standards Advisory Committee on gifts and hospitality registered by Members

 

Ward Affected:       All Wards

Contact Officer:      Debra Norman, Director of Legal and HR Services

                                    020 8937 1578, Debra.Norman@brent.gov.uk

Additional documents:

AUDIT ITEMS:

7.

Internal Audit Annual Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 244 KB

This is the annual report from the Head of Audit and Investigations. It includes the opinion of Head of Audit on the overall adequacy and effectiveness of the Council’s internal controls and presents a summary of the Internal Audit work undertaken during the year.

 

Ward Affected:        All Wards

Contact Officer:      Michael Bradley, Head of Audit and Investigations

                                    020 8937 6526, Michael.Bradley@brent.gov.uk

8.

Treasury Management Out-turn Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 126 KB

The report updates members on Treasury Management activity and confirms that the Council has complied with its relevant Prudential Indicators.

 

Ward Affected:        All Wards

Contact Officer:      Daniel Omisore, Head of Finance

                                    020 8937 3057, Daniel.Omisore@brent.gov.uk

Additional documents:

9.

Statement of Accounts 18/19 and the External Auditor's Audit Findings Reports - To Follow pdf icon PDF 87 KB

The Audit and Standards Committee has responsibility for considering issues raised by the external auditors as part of the process of approving the annual statement of accounts. The Committee is asked to review the reports from the external auditor:

 

·         Brent Council Audit Findings Report.

·         Brent Council Pension Fund Audit Findings Report.

 

In considering the Council’s annual statement of accounts, together with, audit findings report, the Committee is asked to:

 

·         consider the key issues and recommendations

·         approve the statement of accounts

·         approve the letter of representation to the external auditor

 

 

Ward Affected:       All Wards

Contact Officers:   Minesh Patel, Finance Director (Brent Council)

                                020 8937 4043, Minesh.Patel@brent.gov.uk

 

Sophia Brown and Paul Dossett (Grant Thornton)

020 7728 3180 / 0207728 3179

Sophia.Y.Brown@uk.gt.com / Paul.Dossett@uk.gt.com

 

 

Reports to follow in supplementary agenda pack

Additional documents:

10.

Review the performance of the Committee (self-assessment) pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To self-assess the effectiveness of the Committee building on the training workshop held after the last meeting facilitated by a CIPFA trainer.

 

Ward Affected:        All Wards

Contact Officer:      Michael Bradley, Head of Internal Audit and Investigation

                                    020 8937 6526, Michael.Bradley@brent.gov.uk

 

 

11.

Annual Counter Fraud Report pdf icon PDF 154 KB

This report provides an annual summary of the counter fraud work undertaken for the period 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019 and asks the Committee to note its content.

 

Ward Affected:        All Wards

Contact Officer:      Michael Bradley, Head of Audit and Investigations

                                    020 8937 6526, Michael.Bradley@brent.gov.uk

 

 

12.

Forward Plan and Agenda items for the next meeting pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To review and note the Committee’s Forward Plan.

 

Ward Affected:        All Wards

Contact Officer:      Kunwar Khan, Governance Officer

                                    0208 937 2037, Kunwar.Khan@brent.gov.uk

 

13.

Any other urgent business

Notice of items to be raised under this heading must be given in writing to the Head of Executive and Member Services or his representative before the meeting in accordance with Standing Order 60.