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Meeting of the Council held on 24/04/2007
Minutes of the Audit Committee - 21/3/07



Audit 9
21.03.07
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE – 21ST MARCH 2007

SUBMITTED TO THE COUNCIL MEETING – 24TH APRIL 2007

(To be read in conjunction with the Agenda for the Meeting)

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Mr M H W Band (Chairman)
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Dr P M Marriott
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Mr P J Nicholson (Vice-Chairman)
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Mr A E B Taylor-Smith
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Mrs S R Jacobs
* Present

Also present: Nick Ward, Bobby Grant and Iain Murray from the Audit Commission

17. MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 28th November 2006 were confirmed and signed.

18. DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

There were no interests raised under this heading.
PART I – RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COUNCIL

There were no matters falling within this category.
PARTS II AND III – MATTERS OF REPORT

Background Papers

The background papers relating to the following report items in Parts II and III are as specified in the agenda for the Audit Committee.

Part II – Matters Reported in Detail for the Information of the Council

19. DRAFT ANNUAL AUDIT AND INSPECTION LETTER (Appendix A)

Background Papers (DoF)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

Part III – Brief Summaries of Other Matters Dealt With

20. AUDIT AND INSPECTION PLANNING (Appendix B)

Bobby Grant from the Audit Commission introduced the Audit and Inspection report setting out the work planned to be undertaken for 2007/2008 and detailing the level of annual fee proposed.

Members sought clarification as to the proposed level of fee, including the regional premium applied to Councils in London and the South East to cover the additional cost of professionals undertaking the work in this area. An outline was given as to other potential areas of work that the Audit Commission could assist Waverley with, such as future housing delivery, social inclusion strategy and a fraud awareness survey.


21. COMPLIANCE WITH NEW CIPFA CODE OF PRACTICE FOR INTERNAL AUDIT IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 2006 (Appendix C)

The Committee considered a report detailing an initial assessment of the Council’s Internal Audit Service against the new Code of Practice published by CIPFA in December 2006.

22. ANNUAL INTERNAL AUDIT PLAN 2007/2008 (Appendix D)

The Audit Manager introduced the draft plan for the Internal Audit service for 2007/2008. The Committee agreed that the plan was a useful tool for measuring progress at future meetings.

23. STATUS OF INTERNAL AUDIT RECOMMENDATIONS MADE IN 2005/2006 (Appendix E)

The Committee received a report providing details of internal audit recommendations made in 2005/2006, including whether they were accepted and implemented. It was recognised that the Committee had an important role in monitoring and challenging any actions or recommendations not being implemented.

24. STRATEGIES AND AUDIT COMMITTEE PROGRAMMED WORK ITEMS (Appendix F)

The Committee received a report setting out a schedule of strategies, plans and policies that support the Council’s overall policy framework and a timetable for programmed work items for the Committee. It noted that the Audit Commission would be present at the meetings in March and September, and that progress on Audit recommendations would be presented to the Committee twice a year, with the exception of any items that would need to be brought to their attention.
The meeting commenced at 7.00 p.m. and concluded at 8.37 p.m.


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