Agenda and minutes
Venue: Conference Hall - Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ. View directions
Contact: Natalie Connor, Governance Officer Tel: 020 8937 1506; Email: Natalie.Connor@brent.gov.uk
Apologies for absence and clarification of alternate members
Apologies were received from Stephen Ross (Independent Co-opted Member, Councillor S.Butt and Councillor Smith. Councillor Molloy attended as an alternate for Councillor S.Butt.
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.
David Ewart (Chair) declared a personal interest as a member of CIPFA.
Deputations (if any)
To hear any deputations received from members of the public in accordance with Standing Order 67.
To receive and review the London Borough of Brent and London Borough of Brent Pension Fund Audit Findings Report for 2022/23 in order to recommend approval to the Audit & Standards Committee for the signing off of the Statement of Accounts.
*The agenda was re-published on 10 October 2023 to include the updated Audit Findings Report and Annual Auditors Report.
Ben Ainsworth, Head of Finance introduced a report that provided the Committee with an update on the progress of the Statement of Accounts 2022/23 and the Audit Findings Report. The Committee was advised that the final checks were being made to the Statement of Accounts, with their completion anticipated within the next week. It was highlighted to the Committee that despite the minimal delays, Brent were in the advantageous position of being one of only a few authorities that had completed their accounts for 2022/23. Ciaran McLaughlin, Key Audit Partner, Grant Thornton, went on to highlight key points from the updated Audit Findings Report.
In considering the report the Committee noted the following:
· The action plan in Appendix B of the Audit Findings Report identified 11 recommendations as a result of issues identified during the course of the audit. Auditors were satisfied with the management responses to these and progress against these issues would be reported during the 23/24 audit.
The Committee raised a number of queries in relation to the information heard, with the following responses provided:
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 her representative before the meeting in accordance with Standing Order 60.
The Chair extended his thanks to the Brent Council Finance Team and the external auditors for their support in the progress made with the Statement of Accounts 2022-23, as it was noted that Brent was in the top 1% of local authorities in getting their accounts to this stage. The Chair went on to give thanks and recognition to Ciaran McLaughlin, Key Audit Partner, Grant Thornton for his work with Brent as this would be his last meeting as Brent’s key audit partner.
The next meeting was scheduled for Wednesday 6 December 2023
The meeting closed at 7:13pm