Venue: This will be held as an online virtual meeting

Contact: James Kinsella, Governance Officer  Tel: 020 8937 4041; Email:

Note: Details on how to access the link in order to view proceedings will be made available online via the following link: Democracy in Brent 


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Apologies for absence and clarification of alternate members

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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.

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

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Minutes of the previous meetings pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To approve the minutes of the following meetings as a correct record:


(a)      Wednesday 11 March 2020


(b)      Tuesday 5 May 2020

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Matters arising (if any)

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

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Standards Items

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Annual Standards Report (including quarterly update on gifts and hospitality) pdf icon PDF 120 KB

This is the Monitoring Officer’s Annual Report to the Audit and Standards Advisory Committee for 2019. It provides an update on Member conduct issues, work of the Audit and Standards Advisory Committee, the Audit and Standards Committee and the Monitoring Officer during 2018 as well as the quarterly update on Gifts and Hospitality.

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Audit Items

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Draft Statement of Accounts 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

This report presents the Council’s draft 2019/20 Statement of Accounts to members of the Audit & Standards Committee for noting prior to submission to external audit.

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To review performance of i4B Holdings Ltd pdf icon PDF 183 KB

This report provides the Committee with an update on i4B Holdings Ltd’s (i4B) recent performance, audit arrangements, and risk register.

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To review performance of First Wave Housing Ltd pdf icon PDF 138 KB

This report provides the Committee with an update on First Wave Housing Limited’s (FWH) business plan, recent performance, risk register, and audit arrangements.

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Internal Audit Progress Report pdf icon PDF 88 KB

This report provides the Committee with an update on progress against the Internal Audit Plan.

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Counter Fraud Progress Report pdf icon PDF 116 KB

This report provides the Committee with an update with the counter fraud activity for this year.

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External Audit Plan Update - Audit scope & additional work 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 203 KB

This document provides an update to the planned scope and timing of the statutory audit of the London Borough of Brent (‘the Authority’)  and London Borough of Brent Pension Fund (‘the Fund’) as reported in our Audit Plan dated February 2020, for those charged with governance.

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External Audit Progress Report and Sector Update

To receive a verbal update from Grant Thornton on progress in delivering their responsibilities as the Council’s external auditors along with a summary of any emerging national issues and developments that may be relevant to Brent as a local authority.

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Review of the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) Powers pdf icon PDF 77 KB

The report updates the Committee on the Council’s use and conduct of covert surveillance techniques when investigating serious criminal offences relying on the powers made available to local authorities in Part II of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).

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Audit & Standards Advisory Committee - Forward Plan 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 420 KB

To consider and note the Committee’s Forward Plan.

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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.

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