Agenda and decisions

Corporate Governance Committee
Friday, 24 July 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Microsoft Teams.

Contact: Mrs L Walton (tel: 0116 305 2583)  Email: lauren.walton@leics.gov.uk

Note: The Corporate Governance Committee meeting on Friday 24th July 2020 at 10.00am will not be open to the public in line with Government advice on public gatherings. The meeting will be webcast live via the website. 

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Chairman.

At the County Council meeting on 8 July 2020 Mr. T. Barkley CC was nominated as Chairman elect of the Corporate Governance Committee.

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That Mr T. Barkley CC be elected Chairman for the period ending with the date of the Annual Meeting of the County Council in 2021.

2.

Election of Vice Chairman.

Decision:

RESOLVED:

That Mr T. J. Richardson CC be elected Vice Chairman for the period ending with the date of the Annual Meeting of the County Council in 2021.

3.

Minutes of the meeting held on 12 June 2020. pdf icon PDF 315 KB

4.

Question Time.

5.

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

6.

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

7.

Declarations of interest in respect of items on the agenda.

8.

Risk Management Update. pdf icon PDF 372 KB

A presentation will be provided as part of this item on corporate risk 3.7 (If the Council does not manage its exposure to cyber risk, then decisions and controls cannot be taken to mitigate the threat of a successful cyber-attack).

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

(a)    That the impacts arising from COVID-19 on the current status of the strategic risks facing the County Council be noted;

 

(b)    That at the next meeting of the Committee a presentation be provided on corporate risk 6.1 (Brexit - 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);

 

(c)    That the updates regarding the Local Resilience Forum role in coronavirus risk management, recovery planning, counter fraud and the property and occupants risk management group be noted.

9.

Draft Annual Governance Statement 2019/20. pdf icon PDF 358 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

(a)    That the Draft Annual Governance Statement for 2019/20 attached as an appendix to the report be noted and supported without amendment;

 

(b)    That the two areas identified as significant governance issues in the Draft Annual Governance Statement be noted;

 

(c)    That it be noted that the Annual Governance Statement, which may 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.

10.

Annual Report on the Operation of the Members' Code of Conduct 2019/20. pdf icon PDF 216 KB

Decision:

RESOLVED:

That the contents of the annual report on the operation of the Members’ Code of Conduct 2019/20 be noted.

11.

Local Government Association (LGA) Model Code of Conduct Consultation. pdf icon PDF 213 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

(a)    That the Monitoring Officer be authorised to produce a final response for submission to the LGA, following consultation of the Chairman of this Committee as appropriate;

 

(b)    That the Monitoring Officer be requested to consider the comments now made on the proposed response of the County Council to the LGA consultation on the new model Code of Conduct when producing the final response for submission to the LGA.

12.

Quarterly Treasury Management Report. pdf icon PDF 340 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

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

13.

Internal Audit Service Progress Report. pdf icon PDF 323 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the update now provided, and the internal audit work conducted during the period 30 May to 10 July 2020, together with progress made on the implementation of high importance recommendations be noted.

14.

National Audit Office - Guide for Audit and Risk Committees on Financial Reporting and Management During COVID-19. pdf icon PDF 254 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(a)    That the contents of the National Audit Office’s Guide for Audit & Risk Committees on Financial Reporting and Management During Covid-19, attached as an appendix to the report, and the update now provided be noted; 

 

(b)    That at the next meeting of the Committee a further report detailing the County Council’s response, be provided.

15.

Date of next meeting.

The next meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday, 6th November at 10.00am.

16.

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