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Governance & Standards Committee Minutes    

Date: Wednesday 23 February 2022       Time: 06:00 PM       Location: Council Chamber       Contact: gwright@Mansfield.gov.uk

Attendance Details

PresentNames
Present:Councillor Terry Clay, Councillor Mark Fretwell, Mr. Andrew Hill, Councillor Brian Lohan, Councillor Ann Norman, Councillor Philip Shields, Councillor Andy Sissons, Councillor David M Smith, Councillor Roger Sutcliffe, Councillor Andrew Tristram
In AttendanceAttendees
In Attendance:Dawn Edwards, Adrian Pullen, Matthew Hemsley, Louise Ellis, Gabriella Wright
ItemDescriptionBackground InformationDecision
 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCEAPOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Andrew Tristram.
 
22/01DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTDECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no Declarations of Interest.
 
22/02MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETINGMINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

The Minutes of the meeting were Proposed as a true record by Councillor Sissons and seconded by Councillor Norman.

The Committee were unanimous with one abstention by Councillor Lohan.

Minutes 15 December 2021
RESOLVED:
That the Minutes of the last meeting were a true and accurate record.
22/03CORPORATE RISK & OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT– UPDATE REPORTCORPORATE RISK & OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT– UPDATE REPORT

The Corporate Assurance Manager informed the Committee that the report provided a further review of the Council’s Strategic Risks and Opportunities Register.
The Corporate Assurance Manager provided the Committee of the background of the report. It had been agreed that the Strategic Risks and Opportunities Register would be reviewed at least twice a year, to ensure that the register remained up to date and accurately reflected any emerging risks and opportunities. The last review of the register was in August 2021.
The scoring and methodology used for the Register had not changed
The Corporate Assurance Manager then updated the Members on the progress made on the Improvement Actions that had been reviewed, and updated as per Table 1.
The Corporate Assurance Manager advised that there had been emerging Risks and Opportunities previously identified, at 3.5 of the report the table detailed the actions being taken. To reduce risk three new separate Risk Registers would be created, Climate Change, Resilience of IT Infrastructure and Cyber Security and Compliance with statutory requirements in respect of Council Assets.
The Committee was advised that progress on the new registers would be reported back to the Committee.
The Members were informed that the Compliance with Statutory requirements in respect of the Council assets had been updated to include Risk 4 and 4a.
The Corporate Assurance Manager highlighted some of the major changes from the August 2021 report. Risk 3 had reduced from a Medium to a Low risk, this was because of an increase in effectiveness scores.
Risk 4 and 4 a related to General Fund or HRA buildings. Risk 4 was a high risk and had now moved to a medium risk with a slight improvement on effectiveness from 54% to 60%. This would continue to be monitored. There were a number of actions around 4a related to Condition Surveys etc., this would continue to be monitored to ensure delivery.
The Chair commented that it was pleasing to see that there were no longer any high risk areas.
Councillor Sutcliffe raised concerns about the number of level 2 ratings in pages 9 -11 on current effectiveness rates, although scored as low risk the Member felt that these were of a more significant risk and needed to achieve the level 3 effectiveness rating as soon as possible. The Member suggested that there should be a column indicating an anticipated date of achieving the target 3 level of effectiveness, and felt that more action was required to ensure the target 3 was achieved.
The Corporate Assurance Manager noted the Members comments and informed the Members that this would be discussed with the Risk Owners and actions implemented to take the 2 rating to a level 3 rating.
Councillor Shields advised that the number of level 2 ratings within the table were related to issues created by the Covid pandemic. The Member felt that this may be one of the reasons for the delay in reaching the target 3 effectiveness rating. The Member felt that given time to catch up the effectiveness rating 3 would be achieved
The Corporate Assurance Manager was in agreement with Councillor Shields and advised that Covid restrictions had resulted in the delay in the completion of Stock Conditions Surveys etc. It was also worth noting that resources had to be diverted to focus on Covid related issues. This had affected both audit and procurement.
Councillor Sissons commented that where it had been indicated that the targets were consistently lower than the target rating. It would be useful to have covering information to identify the reasons for the consistent lower rating.
The Chair suggested that the Risk Owners for 4 and 4a be called into the next Committee meeting for an update and to seek assurances from senior Officers. The Committee unanimously agreed.
The Chair queried section 3.5 regarding the creation of the new Risk Registers, and queried if these had been developed yet and if the Members would have access to view them.
The Officer responded that they would not be in the same format as the other registers, they would be an assessment of the level of risk. The Officer responded that this would be shared with the Committee once a format had been confirmed.
The Chair queried when the new registers would be ready.
The Officer responded that the registers were at different stages of completion, but should be completed in approximately 6 – 9 months. The Committee would receive an update at the next meeting.
The Chair called for a motion that the proposed revised Strategic Risks and Opportunities Register as detailed in Table 1 be recommended to the Head of Law and Governance for approval. Proposer Councillor Norman, seconded by Councillor Shields. Carried unanimously by the Committee.






Report of Corporate Assurance Manager
Resolved:
That the proposed revised Strategic Risks and Opportunities Register as detailed in Table 1 be recommended to the Head of Law and Governance for approval.
22/04CHAIR OF GOVERNANCE & STANDARDS COMMITTEE - ANNUAL REPORTCHAIR OF GOVERNANCE & STANDARDS COMMITTEE - ANNUAL REPORT

The Chair of the Governance and Standards Committee presented a summary of the report to the Members of the Committee. The report informed the Committee of the work completed in 2020-2021 and how it has contributed to ensuring how the Council has effective governance arrangements in place.
The Chair expressed thanks to all members of the committee for their hard work, using their inquisitive minds and asking searching questions.
The Chair advised that he considered having non-elected Independent Members was important and added value and technical expertise to the Committee. The Chair thanked Andrew Hill.
The Chair thanked the Head of Law and Governance, the Head of Finance and team, the Corporate Assurance Manager and Democratic Services, and all officers involved in providing the reports to the Committee.
Thanks were also extended to the External Auditors who have attended the meetings and responded to all of the Committee’s questions.
Councillor Sissons commented that the report had been a good introduction and informed what the committee does which is hugely important. The Member was happy to endorse the report.
The Chair moved that the report of the Chair of the Governance and Standards Committee be endorsed and presented to the Council.
Proposer Councillor Sissons and seconder Councillor Norman. The Motion was unanimously accepted by the Committee.




Report of Chair of Governance and Standards Committee
RESOLVED:

i) That the enclosed report of the Chair of the Governance and Standards Committee be endorsed and presented to Council
22/05LOCAL GOVERNMENT & SOCIAL CARE OMBUDSMAN – ANNUAL REPORT LOCAL GOVERNMENT & SOCIAL CARE OMBUDSMAN – ANNUAL REPORT

The Customer Service Operations Manager presented a summary of the report to the Members, the Members were informed that the report contained the complaints that had been received by the Ombudsman in the period 2020-2021.
The Members were advised that the total number of Ombudsman received complaints for 2020-2021 had been 4, 2 had been closed by the Ombudsman after initial enquiries and 2 had been referred back for local resolution.
The Officer informed the Members that the volume of complaints did not indicate the quality of service provided. High volumes of complaints can be an illustration of an open and learning organisation that welcomes complaints as an opportunity to improve the services provided.
The Committee was advised that at the end of March 2021 the Ombudsman took an unprecedented step to temporarily stop their casework. This was to allow Councils to concentrate their front line services during the Covid 19 outbreak.
In 2019-2020 there had been 16 complaints received in comparison to 4 in 2020-2021. The Officer presented the details of the complaints that had been received as per Appendix 1
The Committee was advised that the Ombudsman does not provide any complaint information in circumstances where they have referred the customer back for local resolution or where advice and guidance had been issued.
The Members were informed that a review of the complaints process was now being implemented. All complaints were being entered onto the Jadu system and there was an improvement planned that would allow customers to be able to see the complaints that were ongoing with responses and feedback onto the system. This would be reported back to senior managers. A process of reviewing complaints on a monthly basis was being implemented instead of the previous quarterly reviews this was to ensure that the system was working effectively.
The Chair queried how the Freedom of Information requests were linked to the complaints process and queried the statutory response times on these
The Officer advised that the Freedom of Information requests were handled by the Freedom of Information Office. The Customer Services Team would only engage to provide requested information that is requested by the Freedom of Information Office.
The Legal Advisor advised that any complaints about the Freedom of Information Requests were not covered under the Complaints Policy. The correct appeal process was through the Information Commissioner. That was the process for Freedom of Information complaints.
The Chair queried where the Freedom of Information reports would be presented.
The Legal Advisor stated that this would be queried with the Head of Law and Governance.
The Corporate Assurance Manager informed the Committee that there was as an Information Governance Group which is chaired by the Head of Law and Governance. An Annual Report from this Group would be presented to the Executive.
A motion to accept the report for noting was proposed by Councillor Norman and seconded by Councillor Sissons. The motion was carried unanimously.


Report of Customer Service Operations Manager

Appendix 1
RESOLVED:
That the report be noted.
22/06 AGS ACTIONS – UPDATE REPORT AGS ACTIONS – UPDATE REPORT

The Corporate Assurance Manager presented a summary of the report to the Committee. The Committee was informed that the report provided a position statement in respect of delivering the actions for improvement that had been detailed in the Council’s Annual Governance Statement (AGS) for 2020/2021 which was resolved by the Committee on 17 November 2021 to monitor progress on the implementation of the actions. The Officer informed the Committee that this was a positive report as there were not many actions, this demonstrated that overall the authority has good governance arrangements in place.
Table 1 detailed the position statement and actions, as can be evidenced in the report the majority of the actions due for implementation have been implemented as at February 2022.
The Corporate Assurance Manager highlighted the issue concerning the completion of Party Related Transaction Forms as this was an issue that had been raised both internally and externally by the External Auditors over the last 2 years. The Officer although aware that the Forms could not be completed until the end of the financial year, the Officer asked for the return of these forms as a matter of priority as soon as the Members had been able to complete the forms. This would avoid any negative comments in the next Audit this year.
The motion to accept the report for noting was proposed by Councillor Norman and seconded by Councillor Lohan. The motion was carried unanimously.


Report of Corporate Assurance Manager
RESOLVED:
That the position statement in respect of implementation of the Corporate Governance Action Plan be noted
22/07RECRUITMENT OF NON-ELECTED INDEPENDENT MEMBER(S) TO THE GOVERNANCE & STANDARDS COMMITTEERECRUITMENT OF NON-ELECTED INDEPENDENT MEMBER(S) TO THE GOVERNANCE & STANDARDS COMMITTEE

The Corporate Assurance Manager presented a summary of the report to the Committee. The Committee was advised that the Constitution states that there should be two non-elected Independent Members on the Governance & Standards Committee. Since the resignation of one of the Independent Members in December 2021, there was now a vacancy for the recruitment of a replacement. Non-elected Independent Member.
The Officer advised that it was for this Committee to decide if the Committee wanted to recruit a replacement Non-elected Independent Member or recommend a change to remain with one Independent Member.
The Officer advised if the Committee did support the recruitment of another non-elected Independent Member, then the vacancy would be advertised through the Council’s Social Media platforms and the authority would also make direct contact with various bodies such as local Universities and Colleges
The Corporate Assurance Manager advised that when the Effectiveness Review had been brought to the Committee that there had been interest in increasing the number of non-elected Members on the Committee. To be able to do this there would require a change to the Council’s Constitution which would require a recommendation to Full Council and approval for implementation.
The Corporate Assurance Manager proposed that if following the recruitment process two candidates were identified as suitable for appointment to the role, that a recommendation would be brought to the Committee for a change in the Constitution to increase the number of non-elected Independent Members to three.
The Officer informed the Members that if the Committee did decide to recruit a replacement non-elected Independent Member that this Committee would need to appoint an Interview Panel from Members of the Governance & Standards Committee as per the Constitution. The Interview Panel would also include either the Head of Law and Governance or Head of Finance and the Corporate Assurance Manager.
Councillor Norman felt that the Committee should recruit another person.
Councillor Lohan queried if the non-elected Independent Members had to be gender balanced.
The Officer responded that there was no requirement for this within the Constitution
Andrew Hill Independent Member felt that it would be a good idea to recruit experienced business people. It might be worth contacting business network groups. As the Independent Member felt that their level of experience would benefit the Committee.
The Chair asked the Committee if there was a consensus that the authority should recruit a non-elected Independent Member,
The motion was proposed by Councillor Norman and seconded by Councillor Smith. The motion was carried unanimously.
The Chair then moved for the selection from the Committee for the Interview Panel.
The Chair advised that as Chair of the Committee and Councillor Norman (Vice Chair) that they should be on the Interview Panel.
Both Councillor Sissons and Councillor Smith advised that they had experience in similar roles and would like to be part of the Interview Panel.
The motion was proposed by Councillor Fretwell, seconded by Councillor Norman that Councillor Fretwell (Chair), Councillor Ann Norman (Vice Chair), Councillor Sissons and Councillor Smith be appointed to the Interview Panel.
The motion was carried unanimously by the Committee.



Report of Corporate Assurance Manager
Resolved:
i) That the Committee decides whether or not to instigate a recruitment process in respect of the vacant role of non-elected independent member on the Governance and Standards Committee.
ii) Subject to the decision taken in respect of recommendation i) above, that the Committee selects members from the Committee to sit on the interview panel with either the Head of Finance or the Head of Law and Governance and the Corporate Assurance Manager. The results of the recruitment process will be reported back to this Committee prior to approval being requested from Council.
22/08ANNUAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIESANNUAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES

The Group Accountant presented a summary of each of the Strategies for approval within the report.
The Members were advised that the Treasury Management Strategy had been updated with the forecast following the approval of the budget. The Officer advised that the overall strategy for investment had not changes and was the same as in previous years.
The Committee was advised that the Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) Strategy 2022-2023 was how the authority borrow to finance capital expenditure. The methods for doing this had not changed.
The Committee was informed that the Capital Strategy was an overarching strategy for the management of the Council’s assets which was a 20 year long term plan.
The Asset Investment Strategy the Members were informed was for if the Council decided to invest in an asset for operational purposes or for use with economic development of the area in the Mansfield area.
The Commercial Property Investment Strategy was where the authority looked for investment properties. There had been no changes to the strategy. It is unlikely to be used however, the authority still have properties that were being managed and therefore this strategy was still relevant.
The Service Investment Strategy the Committee was advised was for loans to third parties like the housing company. This is not a strategy that is likely to be used in the near future. But was still relevant as there was still an outstanding loan with the housing company.
Councillor Sutcliffe asked for clarity on recommendation (i), the Member queried if the scrutiny as indicated in the recommendation for approval. The Member queried if the level of responsibility to be held by the Governance and Standards Committee had changed and would be more technical.
The Head of Finance confirmed that there would not be a change to the responsibilities required from the Members or the technical skill level required to do this.
The Head of Finance responded that generally there would Member Training on the Strategies, so that the Strategies could be reviewed in more detail. However, this had been discussed with the Chair prior to releasing the item for the Agenda and it was felt that as there were no material changes to the strategies and that there had been no new Members to the Committee that this would not be necessary this time. The only changes made had been the changes to the figures within the strategies and there had been no amendments to the Strategies themselves.
Head of Finance stated that if Members felt that they required further opportunity for scrutiny then this would be arranged.
The Chair queried the reason for the large increase in external borrowing.
The Group Accountant informed the members that this had been caused by the Capital Programme which had slipped because of Covid and was related to the HRA New Build Housing Programme.
The Head of Finance further clarified that the approval for the borrowing was already in place that this was not new borrowing, it was borrowing that had not taken place.
That reports had been presented at the Overview & Scrutiny Committee (Corporate) last week. It was reported that there had been a big slippage that had been going on for a couple of years which was related predominately to Covid related issue. There is an anticipated large carry over into the next financial year.
Councillor Sutcliffe queried if the borrowing had been related to the Bellamy Road Council estate and the Council estate that is adjacent to it.
The Officer confirmed that it was related to some of the borrowing.
The Chair asked for a Proposer on the recommendations
i) That the Governance and Standards Committee undertake the scrutiny of the following annual Strategies that the Council is required to produce under statutory guidance in relation to its investment and borrowing activities:

This was Proposed for approval by Councillor Lohan and seconded by Councillor Norman. The motion was unanimously accepted by the Committee.
The Chair proposed that the 6 Strategies for approval for recommendation to the Council be taken as one Motion.
To be recommended to Council:

ii) That the Treasury Management Strategy for the 2022/23 to 2024/25 financial year be approved, as per Appendix 1, including the Prudential Indicators which are set out within the Strategy

iii) That the Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) Strategy for the 2022/23 financial year be approved, as per Appendix 2 and the Council adopts the Regulatory Method for Supported Borrowing (Option 1) taken out by the Council prior to 1 April 2008 and the Asset Life Method for unsupported borrowing (Option 3) taken out after 1 April 2021 (if any new borrowing is taken on by the council).

Where the Council takes on additional borrowing in order to purchase land and property assets for regeneration or housing purposes (in line with the Asset Investment Policy for non-commercial assets) or to provide a Service Investment the business case will set out whether a MRP charge is appropriate.

iv) That the Capital Strategy for the 2022/23 to 2042/43 financial year be approved, as per Appendix 3

v) That the Asset Investment Strategy for the 2022/23 financial year be approved, as per Appendix 4

vi) That the Commercial Property Investment Strategy for the 2022/23 financial year be approved, as per Appendix 5

vii) That the Service Investment Strategy for the 2022/23 financial year be approved, as per Appendix 6

The motion was proposed by Councillor Norman and seconded by Councillor Clay.
The Motion was unanimously accepted by the Committee.


Report of the Head of Finance
RESOLVED:

i) That the Governance and Standards Committee undertake the scrutiny of the following annual Strategies that the Council is required to produce under statutory guidance in relation to its investment and borrowing activities.

RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL:
ii) That the Treasury Management Strategy for the 2022/23 to 2024/25 financial year be approved, as per Appendix 1, including the Prudential Indicators which are set out within the Strategy
iii) That the Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) Strategy for the 2022/23 financial year be approved, as per Appendix 2 and the Council adopts the Regulatory Method for Supported Borrowing (Option 1) taken out by the Council prior to 1 April 2008 and the Asset Life Method for unsupported borrowing (Option 3) taken out after 1 April 2021 (if any new borrowing is taken on by the council).
Where the Council takes on additional borrowing in order to purchase land and property assets for regeneration or housing purposes (in line with the Asset Investment Policy for non-commercial assets) or to provide a Service Investment the business case will set out whether a MRP charge is appropriate.
iv) That the Capital Strategy for the 2022/23 to 2042/43 financial year be approved, as per Appendix 3
v) That the Asset Investment Strategy for the 2022/23 financial year be approved, as per Appendix 4
vi) That the Commercial Property Investment Strategy for the 2022/23 financial year be approved, as per Appendix 5
vii) That the Service Investment Strategy for the 2022/23 financial year be approved, as per Appendix 6
22/09ANNUAL AUDIT REPORTANNUAL AUDIT REPORT

The External Auditor presented a summary of the Auditor’s Annual Report to the Committee. The Committee was advised that when Mazars had issued their opinion on financial statements 3 months ago it had been reported that there were no significant issues in arrangements, the Members were advised that this report reaffirmed that position.
The External Auditor advised the Committee that it was a clean report.
The report outlined that there were no significant risks in the authorities’ arrangements and was given an adequate rating. The Committee was advised that Adequate was the best outcome that any authority would ever receive.
The External Auditor advised that there was nothing in particular that needed to be highlighted in the report, it therefore should give the Committee assurance around the arrangements for financial planning.
There was no risk to the financial sustainability of the authority found however, there remains an ongoing financial challenge. As the authority move through Covid there would still be the need for the authority to make decisions in order to manage costs.
The External Auditors were satisfied with the Risk Management at the authority. The Town Development and Investment and Performance Management have controls and procedures in place and the external Auditors were satisfied with this.
The External Auditor concluded with the statement that there was nothing adverse to report to the Committee.
The Chair commented that this was good to hear.
The Chair had a query related to page 9 – regarding “the use of reserves not being relied upon to provide a long-term solution”. The Chair asked the external Auditor to expand on the comment.
The External Auditor responded that the use of reserves would result in them running out. A number of authorities have been caught out with this. Ear-marked reserves are there for specific purposes. There are sufficient reserves to prevent any risk to the authority. However, the reserves need to be managed effectively.
The Chair queried if there were any legal limits on reserves.
The External Auditor responded that there were no legal requirements as far as he was aware, there was guidance on minimum levels but not guidance on maximum levels.
The Chair had a query related to page 10 – “ensure savings plans are robustly planned and delivered”. The Member asked for external Auditor to expand on that comment.
The External Auditor advised that this was linked to the reserves, whenever any authority sets up its budgets, it will identify savings plans and those need to be acted upon. It is about the commitment to follow through with the plan.
A motion was called to accept the report for noting. Proposed by Councillor Lohan and seconded by Councillor Norman. The motion was unanimously accepted


Auditor’s Annual Report
RESOLVED:

That the report be noted.
22/10COUNTER FRAUD & CORRUPTION PLAN - PROGRESS STATEMENTCOUNTER FRAUD & CORRUPTION PLAN - PROGRESS STATEMENT

The Corporate Assurance Manager presented a summary of the Counter Fraud and Corruption Progress Statement. The Committee was provided with an update on the delivery of the actions within the approved Counter Fraud Plan.
The Members were advised that Table 1 provided Progress Statements and that there would be a further update when the annual review is completed.
The Committee was informed that Table 1 had been divided into two sections, Corporate Actions and Internal Audit programmed works on internal Counter Fraud testing.
The Corporate Assurance Manager presented the detail within Table 1 to the Committee taking the Members through the Corporate Actions and then the Internal Audit sections of the report.
Councillor Sutcliffe referred the Corporate Assurance Manager to Table 1 queried the point 1 -
"To undertake publicity campaigns to promote the Council’s counter-fraud and corruption policies and procedures, with particular emphasis upon whistleblowing” The Member queried if the Intranet was the only medium used to promote the Council’s counter fraud and corruption policies and procedures.

The Officer responded that the Intranet was an employee focussed medium to inform employees, however other mediums may be used as felt appropriate i.e. Team Talk etc.
The Officer advised that a discussion would take place with the Marketing and Communications team.

The Chair queried the process for Stock Checks on building materials/supplies?

The Corporate Assurance Manager advised the Members that there was in place a rolling programme of continuous stock checks completed within the Housing Repairs Service. There was also an independent party from another Department to complete stock takes to ensure accuracy. Internal Audit checks that the internal Management Processes are taking place and that Management were also completing checks.

Councillor Sutcliffe commented that the use of Credit Card Option machines would be useful to prevent issues with coin machines jamming which the Member had experienced. This could prevent potential fraud on the car park machines.

The Officer noted the Members comments and would discuss this with the Town Centre Manager.

The Chair called a motion for the report to be accepted for noting.
This was proposed by Councillor Lohan and seconded by Councillor Norman. The Motion was accepted unanimously by the Committee.




Report of Corporate Assurance Manager
Resolved:
That the position statement in respect of delivery of the Counter Fraud and Corruption Plan be noted
22/11APPOINTMENT OF EXTERNAL AUDITORSAPPOINTMENT OF EXTERNAL AUDITORS

The Head of Finance informed the Committee that the Council needs to appoint External Auditors every 5 years. The next round of the external auditors would commence for the financial year 2023-2024. However, the Council are required to have appointed the External Auditors by December 2022.
The Council have two options available to seek replacement External Auditors alone or to participate in the public sector Audit Appointments which is the PSAA procurement exercises and for the reasons outlined in section 3.3 it is recommendation to opt in with the PSAA appointment. It is a decision for Full Council whether the Council opt in or out of the procurement exercise.
As the Governance & Standards Committees have attendance by the External Auditors at the Committee meetings, it was felt that this Committee would review the report and make a recommendation to Council.
The Head of Finance stated that it would be for this Committee to recommend the PSSA Procurement option, and this decision must be made by 11 March 2022. As a Council a response to the PSAA has to be made as to if as a Council will opt out of this Procurement method or the Council’s decision to use the PSAA and opt in
The Chair called for a Motion on the recommendation
That the Council accept Public Sector Audit Appointments’ invitation to opt in to the national scheme for the appointment of external auditors for five consecutive financial years commencing April 2023.

That delegated authority be given to the Section 151 Officer (or deputy in their absence) to accept The PSAA invitation to become an opted-in authority.

Proposer Councillor Sissons
Seconder Councillor Norman

The Motion was unanimously agreed by those present for the presentation. (Councillor Lohan was not present for this item).


Report of the Head of Finance
Resolved that the governance and Standards Committee recommends to Council:

That the Council accept Public Sector Audit Appointments’ invitation to opt in to the national scheme for the appointment of external auditors for five consecutive financial years commencing April 2023.

That delegated authority be given to the Section 151 Officer (or deputy in their absence) to accept The PSAA invitation to become an opted-in authority.
Published 16/03/2022 08:37:07