Agenda and decisions

Corporate Governance Committee - Wednesday, 25 November 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Microsoft Teams.

Contact: Mrs L Walton (tel: 0116 305 2583)  Email:

Note: The Corporate Governance Committee meeting on Wednesday 25th November 2020 at 2.00pm will not be open to the public in line with Government advice on public gatherings. The meeting will be webcast live via the website. 


No. Item


Minutes of the meeting held on 24 July 2020. pdf icon PDF 152 KB


Question Time.


Questions asked by members under Standing Order 7(3) and 7(5).


To advise of any other items which the Chairman has decided to take as urgent elsewhere on the agenda.


Declarations of interest in respect of items on the agenda.


Risk Management Update. pdf icon PDF 509 KB

As part of this item a presentation will be given on Corporate Risk 6.1 - Uncertainty and significant knock on consequences on public services (including potential legal, regulatory, economic and social implications), and the local economy as a result of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.


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(a)       That the current status of the strategic risks facing the County Council be approved;

(b)       That the contents of the presentation provided on Corporate Risk 6.1 ‘EU Transition – If a formal trade agreement between the UK and EU is not in place at the end of the transition period, the UK will be treated by the EU as a third country. Trade arrangements will differ, and goods will be subject to full third country controls and a variety of border checks’ be noted and the Chief Executive be requested to give consideration to the comments now made;


(c)       That at the Committee’s next meeting a presentation be provided on Corporate Risk 7.3 (If the Adults and Communities Department does not have a sustainable external workforce to work with it may be unable to meet its statutory responsibilities);


(d)       That the updates regarding Covid-19 recovery planning and counter fraud be noted.


External Audit of the Statement of Accounts, Annual Governance Statement and Pension Fund Accounts. pdf icon PDF 61 KB

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(a)       That the key findings from the external audit of the 2019/20 finance statements carried out by Grant Thornton UK LLP be noted;


(b)       That the letters of representation be approved.


Update on the application of the National Audit Office Guide to Audit Committees on financial reporting and management during Covid-19. pdf icon PDF 419 KB

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(a)       That at the next meeting of the Committee an update be provided regarding the progress with the due diligence work to be undertaken in respect of procurement.


(b)       That the report on the County Council’s response to the National Audit Office’s Guide for Audit and Risk Committees on Financial Reporting and Management During Covid-19, and the update now provided be noted.


Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Annual Review 2019-20 and update on complaints and Freedom of Information Requests. pdf icon PDF 315 KB

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(a)       That the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) annual review letter for the County Council for 2019-20 be noted;


(b)       That the update on improvements to the County Council’s Complaints procedures and handling of the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations be noted.


Resilience and Business Continuity Update. pdf icon PDF 272 KB




(a)       That the update provided on Resilience and Business Continuity during 2020 be noted and the priorities identified for 2020/21 be supported.


(b)       That the Chief Executive be requested to include in future reports to the Committee further information on the outcomes and timelines of the most challenging incidents that occur during each reporting period.


Quarterly Treasury Management Report. pdf icon PDF 226 KB

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That the actions taken in respect of treasury management for the quarter ending 30 September 2020 be noted.


Update on developments in local (external) audit arrangements. pdf icon PDF 340 KB




That the update on the outcomes of the Redmond Review, the new Code of Audit Practice and the other developments in local (external) audit arrangements be noted.


Internal Audit Service Progress Report. pdf icon PDF 297 KB

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(a)       That the Director of Corporate Resources be requested to provide further information outside of the meeting on the progress with re-issuing Direct Payments guidance to care pathway staff.

(b)       That the audit work undertaken during the period 11 July to 6 November 2020 and actions taken to implement high importance recommendations be noted.


Dates of Future Meetings.

Future meetings of the Corporate Governance Committee are proposed to be held on the following dates in 2021:


Friday, 29th January at 10.00am

Friday, 4th June at 2.00pm

Friday, 23rd July at 10.00am

Friday, 5th November at 10.00am





Any other items which the Chairman has decided to take as urgent.