Agenda

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Contact: Andrew Phillips, Governance Officer  Tel: 020 8937 4219; Email: Andrew.  Phillips@brent.gov.uk

Note: Due to the current limits on meeting venue capacity at the Civic Centre any press and public wishing to attend this meeting are encouraged to follow proceedings via the live webcast. The link to follow the meeting is available via the Livestreaming page on the Democracy in Brent section of the Council's website or link on the front page of the published meeting agenda. 

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 314 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on Wednesday 22 September 2021 as a correct record.

(Republished to include minutes on 3 December 21)

5.

Matters arising (if any)

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

Standards Items

6.

Standards Report (including Gifts and Hospitality) pdf icon PDF 205 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.

7.

Review of the Constitutional Working Group pdf icon PDF 224 KB

In response to a recommendation from the Resources and Public Realm Scrutiny Committee, this report provides a review of the current role and operation of the Constitutional Working Group (CWG). It provides some information about practices elsewhere, highlights steps taken already in response to the Scrutiny Committee recommendation and proposes that a further review be undertaken following the Local Elections in May 2022.

Additional documents:

8.

Review of the Financial and Procedural Rules governing the Mayor's Charity Appeal pdf icon PDF 296 KB

The purpose of this report is to update the Audit and Standards Advisory Committee on a recent review of the financial and procedural rules for governing the Mayor’s Charity Appeal.

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Audit Items

9.

Cyber-Security Strategy implementation update pdf icon PDF 149 KB

At the last meeting of the ASAC, it was agreed that a report be brought back to the next Committee regarding the actions that the Council are taking in relation to cyber security. The report at Appendix 1 provides an update on progress in implementing the Brent and Shared Technology Service (STS) cyber security Strategies.

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10.

CIPFA Financial Management Code and Redman Review - Progress Report pdf icon PDF 792 KB

This report is to update the Committee on progress to implement the CIPFA Financial Management Code and the Redmond Review of Audit and Transparency in Local Authority Financial Reporting.

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11.

Treasury Management Report pdf icon PDF 234 KB

11.1Treasury Management Mid Year Report 2021-21

 

This report updates Members on treasury activity for the first half of the financial year 2021-22.

 

11.2Treasury Management Strategy

 

This report presents the draft Treasury Management Strategy (TMS) for 2022/23 for consideration by the Committee. The final version of the TMS incorporating the views of this Committee will be included in the annual budget setting report to be presented to Cabinet on 7 February 2022.

 

(Item republished on 3 December 2021)

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12.

Internal Audit Charter pdf icon PDF 138 KB

This report sets out the revised Internal Audit Charter, which has been appended to the report for consideration and approval.

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13.

External Audit Progress Report pdf icon PDF 4 MB

This paper provides the Audit and Standards Advisory Committee with a report on Grant Thornton’s progress in delivering their responsibilities as external auditors.

14.

Forward Plan and Agenda for the next meeting pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To note the Committee’s Forward Plan & Work Programme for 2021/22.

15.

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.