Agenda and decisions

Corporate Governance Committee
Friday, 10 May 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Guthlaxton Committee Room, County Hall, Glenfield

Contact: Mrs J Twomey (tel: 0116 305 2583)  Email: joanne.twomey@leics.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes of the previous meeting. pdf icon PDF 142 KB

2.

Question Time.

3.

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

4.

Urgent Items.

5.

Declarations of interest.

6.

Informing the External Audit Risk Assessment. pdf icon PDF 262 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the contents of the report by Grant Thornton (the Council’s external auditors), ‘Informing the audit risk assessment for Leicestershire County Council 2018/19’, be noted and the responses provided by officers to the questions raised by the external auditors, as set out in their report, be supported without amendment.

 

7.

Risk Management Report. pdf icon PDF 335 KB

A presentation will be provided as part of this item on Corporate Risk 10.1 – The risk that not developing an inclusive culture across all schools, education providers and partner agencies (including the Parent Carer Forum) will impact on parental confidence in the ability of the ‘whole system’ to meet the needs of the large majority of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in a mainstream school context.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

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

(b)          That the content of the presentation provided on corporate risk 10.1 (The risk of not developing an inclusive culture across all schools, education providers and partner agencies (including the Parent Carer Forum) that will meet the needs of the large majority of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in a mainstream school context) be noted and the good work taking place in this area be supported;

(c)          That at the next meeting of the Committee a presentation be provided on corporate risk 1.7 (If the Council is not compliant with the HRMC IR35 regulations regarding the employment of self-employed personnel then there is a risk of large financial penalties);

(d)          That in future, a copy of the full Corporate Risk Register be circulated to the Committee for information and comment on an annual basis and otherwise be made available to members on request;

(e)          That the proposal set out in paragraph 7 of the report, to further challenge risks on the Corporate Risk Register in an attempt to move risks to their target score and potentially reduce the number reported on the Register, be supported;

(f)           That the final report provided by Risk Management Partners attached as Appendix C to the report be noted, and it be further noted that a more detailed update will be provided at the next meeting of the Committee;

(g)          That the update on counter fraud initiatives be noted.

8.

Annual Governance Statement 2019/20. pdf icon PDF 351 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(a)  That the draft Annual Governance Statement for 2018/19 attached as an Appendix to the report be noted and supported without amendment;

(b)  That it be noted that the Annual Governance Statement for 2018/19, which might be subject to such changes as are required by the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting, has been prepared in accordance with best practice.

9.

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 - Annual review of Policy Statement. pdf icon PDF 369 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(a)          That the changes introduced by the Data Retention and Acquisition Regulations (SI 2018/1123) be noted;

(b)          That the Cabinet at its meeting on 24 May be recommended to approve the revised Policy Statement on the use of RIPA and IPA powers.

 

10.

Ethical Standards in Local Government. pdf icon PDF 244 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(a)          That the recommendations and best practice recommendations made by the Committee on Standards in Public Life be noted, together with the comparisons made against the Council’s current arrangements as set out in the appendix to the report;

(b)          That it be noted that the Government’s response to the report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, including any changes to legislation, was awaited;

(c)          That it be noted that, on receipt of the Government’s response, a detailed review of the Council’s Members’ Code of Conduct and  current arrangements for dealing with Member Conduct matters, would be undertaken and feedback now provided by the Committee would be considered as part of that exercise.


11.

Internal Audit Service Progress Report. pdf icon PDF 299 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the update now provided and the internal audit work conducted during the period 5 January to 25 April 2019, together with progress made on the implementation of high importance recommendations, be noted.

12.

Internal Audit Service Annual Report 2018/19. pdf icon PDF 221 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(a)          That the annual report on work conducted by the Internal Audit Service during 2018/19 be noted;

(b)          That a copy of the annual report be distributed to all members of the Council.

13.

Internal Audit Annual Plan 2019/20. pdf icon PDF 155 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Internal Audit Plan for 2019/20 be noted.

 

14.

Annual Treasury Management Report 2018/19. pdf icon PDF 278 KB

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the action taken and the performance achieved in respect of the treasury management activities of the Council during 2018/19 be noted.

 

15.

Quarterly Treasury Management Update. pdf icon PDF 323 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the actions taken in respect of treasury management for the quarter ending 31 March 2019 be noted.

 

16.

Date of next meeting.

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled to take place on Friday, 26th July 2019 starting at 10.00am.

 

17.

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