Agenda

Venue: Boardrooms 1 & 2, 3rd Floor - 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 167 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 111 KB

The report updates the Audit and Standards Advisory Committee on gifts and hospitality registered by Members, the attendance record for Members in relation to mandatory training sessions and two recent cases reported in the media involving general councillor conduct.

 

Ward Affected:                    Contact Officer:

All Wards                               Debra Norman

                                                Director of Legal and HR Services           

                                              Tel:     020 8937 1578

                                                Email:Debra.Norman@brent.gov.uk

 

 

Additional documents:

7.

Member Learning & Development and Member Expenses pdf icon PDF 113 KB

This provides members of the Standards Committee with a summary of the Member Development Programme since last reported to Committee and information regarding the Members’ Expenses Scheme.

 

 

Wards affected:                          Contact Officer:

All wards                                      Thomas Cattermole

                                                   Head of Executive and Member Services,

                                                   Email: thomas.cattermole@brent.gov.uk

                                                   Tel:     020 8937 5446

 

Additional documents:

Audit Items

8.

Review of the Use of RIPA Powers pdf icon PDF 101 KB

The report provides update to the Council’s policy in relation to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).

 

Wards Affected:                         Contact Officer: Debra Norman

All wards                                      Director of Legal HR Audit and Investigations                                                   Email: Debra.Norman@brent.gov.uk

                                                   Tel:     020 8937 1578

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

9.

Internal Audit Quarterly Update (To Follow) - Internal Audit Progress Report for September - December 2019 pdf icon PDF 113 KB

This report provides an update on progress against the Internal Audit Plan for the latest available period.

 

Wards Affected:                             Contact Officer:

All wards                                            Michael Bradley

                                                            Head of Audit and Investigations

                                                            Email: Michael.Bradley@brent.gov.uk

                                                            Tel: 0208 937 6526

10.

Counter Fraud Quarterly Update pdf icon PDF 127 KB

This report provides an update on the counter fraud activity undertaken for Quarter 3.

 

Wards Affected:                             Contact Officer:

All wards                                            Michael Bradley

                                                            Head of Audit and Investigations

                                                            Email: Michael.Bradley@brent.gov.uk

                                                            Tel: 0208 937 6526

 

 

11.

Emergency Planning Resilience - Peer Review pdf icon PDF 121 KB

To review Brent’s Emergency Planning Resilience - Peer Review - a self-assessment on the 11 new emergency planning standards for London.

 

This report summarises the progress made since the 2019 report, details the type and number of incidents in Brent and provides some information around initiatives and programmes of work under way to enhance our resilience and response arrangements.

 

Wards Affected:               Contact officer: Daryl Jooste

                                                                   Civil Contingencies Manager

All Wards                           Email:                 daryl.jooste@brent.gov.uk

                                          Tel:                     0208 937 5415

Additional documents:

12.

External Audit Progress Report and Sector Update, including Certification of Grants and Returns pdf icon PDF 473 KB

The paper provides the Audit and Standards Advisory Committee with a report on progress in delivering Grant Thornton’s responsibilities as the Council’s external auditors. It also includes a summary of emerging national issues and developments that may be relevant to Brent as a local authority as well as certification of grants and returns.

 

Wards Affected:                             Contract person:

All wards                                            Sophia Brown, Engagement Manager,                                                                   Grant Thornton

                                                            Email: Sophia.Y.Brown@uk.gt.com

                                                            Tel:      020 7728 3179

13.

Additional Audit Fees 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 83 KB

The report provides a brief note on the increased audit fees to pay for additional audit work Grant Thornton have planned to address enhanced requirements placed upon them by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), their regulator.

 

Ward Affected:                 Contact OfficerBen Ainsworth, Head of Finance

All Wards                            Email:              Benjamin.ainsworth@brent.gov.uk

                                        Tel:                  020 8937 1731

14.

The Complimentary Roles of the ASC, ASAC and Scrutiny Committees (Review the Performance of the Committee - self-assessment) pdf icon PDF 109 KB

This report provides an update about the effectiveness of the Audit and Standards Advisory Committee (ASAC) following the training workshop held after the previous meeting facilitated by a CIPFA trainer.

 

Ward Affected:                 Contact Officer:

All Wards                           Debra Norman

                                         Director of Legal and HR Services         

                                          Tel:     020 8937 1578

                                         Email:Debra.Norman@brent.gov.uk

 

 

Additional documents:

15.

Forward Plan and Scheduled Reports pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To note the Committee’s Forward Plan and scheduled reports for the next meeting.

 

Wards Affected:               Contact officer: 

All Wards                           Kunwar Khan

                                         Governance Officer

                                         Email: kunwar.khan@brent.gov.uk

                                           Tel:     02089372037

 

16.

Treasury Management Strategy 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To receive the Brent Council’s Treasury Management Strategy 2020/21.

 

Ward Affected:                 Contact Officer: Daniel Omisore, Head of Finance

All Wards                            Email:                  Daniel.Omisore@brent.gov.uk

                                            Tel:                     020 8937 3057

 

 

Additional documents:

17.

Brent Council Borrowing Strategy Update pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To receive an update report on the Brent Council Borrowing Strategy.

 

Ward Affected:                 Contact Officer: Daniel Omisore, Head of Finance

All Wards                            Email:                  Daniel.Omisore@brent.gov.uk

                                            Tel:                     020 8937 3057

 

Additional documents:

18.

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.