Issue - meetings

Minutes of the meeting held on XXX to be signed by the chair as a true record

Meeting: 27/11/2023 - Audit and Governance Committee (Item 139)

139 Minutes of the meeting held on 25th September 2023 pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Minutes:

An update was provided to members by the Finance Assistant Director in relation to the Statement of Accounts 2020-21 (Corby Borough Council).

 

It was heard that the Corby Borough Council accounts for 2021 remained unsigned by external auditors Ernst & Young. It was heard that an update provided by the external auditors stated that the accounts were still going through their professional practise team for review in relation to the prior period accounting adjustments and that sign off is expected before Christmas.

 

An update was also provided in relation to the Northamptonshire County Council accounts which stated that the accounts were still outstanding and should be signed off before Christmas.

 

Members and officers raised concerns and shared disappointment in the length of time taken to sign the accounts.

 

Mark Stocks introduced himself to the committee as a partner at Grant Thornton, external auditor. Mark Stocks stated to members that there remained a nationwide resource issue for auditors. There remained a major backlog of audits for local governments nationwide with approximately 600 across the country. It was noted that a government ‘back-stop’ was being proposed, possibly at the end of March 2024 which would result in all accounts up to and including 2022/23 not signed off would have to be disclaimed.

 

An update on disaggregation in relation to the Northamptonshire County Council balance sheet was also provided which stated that formal arbitration procedures may need to take place in order to determine the split between West and North Northamptonshire Councils of disputed items. It was advised that one of the main area of dispute which may need to be settled by arbitration is £953m.

 

Members also received an update in relation to ongoing discussions with Northamptonshire Children’s Trust (NCT). It was stated that the chair of NNC Audit & Governance had made contact with the chair of the NCT Audit, Finance and Risk Committee (AFRC) and that similar concerns were shared in relation to the adequacy of sources of assurance. It was noted by members that a meeting is being scheduled for December 2023 and that the NCT AFRC Chair, Hillary Daniels, has agreed to attend a future meeting of the NNC Audit and Governance Committee to present views. Members also heard that significant work had also been undertaking at a corporate leadership level in relation to improving the working relationship with NCT and NNC including developing a transformation and efficiency board.

 

It was then

 

RESOLVED            That the minutes of the meeting of the Audit and Governance Committee held on 25th September 2023 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 


Meeting: 25/09/2023 - Audit and Governance Committee (Item 130)

130 Minutes of the meeting held on 14th August 2023 pdf icon PDF 111 KB

Minutes:

It was confirmed to members that an Audit and Governance action plan would be drafted in consultation with the Chief Internal Auditor.

 

RESOLVED            That the minutes of the meeting of the Audit and Governance Committee held on 14th August 2023 be approved as a correct record and signed by the chair

 

 


Meeting: 14/08/2023 - Audit and Governance Committee (Item 120)

120 Minutes of the meeting held on 12th June 2023 pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Minutes:

 

RESOLVED            That the minutes of the meeting of the Audit and Governance Committee held on 12th June 2023 be approved as a correct record and signed by the chair


Meeting: 12/06/2023 - Audit and Governance Committee (Item 110)

110 Minutes of the meeting held on 24th April 2023 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Minutes:

Members received a summary which sought to update members as part of the Internal Audit Progress Report including timings on housing repairs.

 

It was heard that The Housing Strategy for North Northamptonshire Council was on the Housing Service Plan for completion in March 2024 following the appointment Director of the Assistant of Strategic Housing, Development and Property Services. It was also noted that an interim Housing Strategy Lite had been produced as an interim measure.

 

Members requested that a regular update be provided to the Audit & Governance committee.

 

RESOLVED            That the minutes of the meeting of the Audit and Governance Committee held on 20th February 24th April 2023 be approve as a correct record and signed by the chair