Venue: Conference Hall - Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ. View directions

Contact: Abdrew Phillips, Governance Officer  Tel: 020 8937 4219; Email: Andrew

Note: Due to current limites on the socially distanced venue capacity any press or public wishing to attend this meeting are encouarged to do so via the live webcast. The link to attend the meeting is available via the Live Streaming page on the Democracy in Brent section of the Council's website or the link on the front page of the agenda. 

No. Item


Apologies for absence and clarification of alternate members


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.


Deputations (if any)

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


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 241 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on Tuesday 11 May 2021 as a correct record.


Matters arising (if any)

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

Standards Items


Standards Report (including quarterly update on Gifts & Hospitality and mandatory training) pdf icon PDF 140 KB

The purpose of this report is to update the Audit and Standards Advisory Committee on gifts and hospitality registered by Members, and the attendance record for Members in relation to mandatory training sessions.  The report also provides a summary of a recent case involving the Freedom of Information Act and Independent Persons.

Audit Items


Draft Statement of Accounts 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 240 KB

This report presents the Council’s draft 2020/21 Statement of Accounts to members of the Audit & Standards Committee for review.


Agenda republished to include this as a supplementary paper on 20/07/21.

Additional documents:


Annual Governance Statement 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 210 KB

This report sets out the draft Annual Governance Statement (AGS) for 2020/21 as required by the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.


The AGS is being presented to the Audit & Standards Advisory Committee for consideration, prior to formal approval by the Audit and StandardsCommittee.

Additional documents:


CIPFA Financial Management Code pdf icon PDF 183 KB

This report is to inform the Audit & Standards Committee of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Financial Management Code and outline how the Council will work towards full compliance with the code in 2021/22.


Emergency Preparedness Update pdf icon PDF 234 KB

This report briefly outlines the progress made since the last emergency preparedness update provided in 2020 and includes details on the type and number of incidents in Brent along with information around initiatives and programmes of work under way to enhance our resilience and emergency response arrangements.


Corporate Risk Register pdf icon PDF 163 KB

This report provides an update on the Council’s Risk Management position and includes an updated Corporate Risk Register.

Additional documents:


External Audit's Enquires of Management pdf icon PDF 198 KB

This report updates the Audit & Standards Advisory Committee on changes made by The  Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in relation to its expectations for how local authorities are audited.

Additional documents:


External Audit Progress Report and Sector Update pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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.


Audit & Standards Advisory Committee Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To consider and agree the Committee’s Forward Plan for 2021/22, which will continue to be reviewed and updated at each meeting.


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.