Audit and Governance Committee
Thursday, 5th December, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Committee Suite 1,2 & 3, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ. View directions

Contact: Rachel Graves  Tel: 01270 686473 Email:

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.


Public Speaking Time/Open Session

In accordance with paragraph 2.32 of the Committee Procedural Rules and Appendix 7 to the Rules a total period of 10 minutes is allocated for members of the public to address the Committee on any matter relevant to the work of the body in question.


Individual members of the public may speak for up to 5 minutes but the Chairman or person presiding will decide how the period of time allocated for public speaking will be apportioned where there are a number of speakers. Members of the public are not required to give notice to use this facility. However, as a matter of courtesy, a period of 24 hours’ notice is encouraged.


Members of the public wishing to ask a question at the meeting should provide at least three clear working days’ notice in writing and should include the question with that notice. This will enable an informed answer to be given.




Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 3 October 2019 as a correct record.


External Audit Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To receive the Audit Strategy for the year ending 31 March 2020.

Additional documents:


Certification of Claims and Returns 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To receive a summary of the key findings that have been identified during the External Auditors certification process for the 2018/19 Housing Benefit Subsidy claim and the Teachers’ Pension End of Year Certificate.


Review of Cheshire East Group Accounting Policies pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To receive a report which provides an update on the accounting arrangements for the Local Government Pension Scheme in respect of the Council’s wholly owned companies, and the full set of accounting policies for the Cheshire East Group for review.

Additional documents:


Draft Treasury Management Strategy and Minimum Revenue Provision Statement 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 157 KB

To receive an update on the contents of the Council’s draft Treasury Management Strategy and the Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) Statement.


Additional documents:


Member Code of Conduct: Standards Report pdf icon PDF 77 KB

To receive a report onthenumberandstatus ofMember CodeofConductcomplaints receivedinrelation toCheshire East Councillors and our Town andParishCouncillors.



Maladministration Decision Notices from Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman – July – August 2019 pdf icon PDF 246 KB

To consider and note a report on the Decision Notices issued by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman when their investigations have found maladministration causing injustice to complainants.


Inspection by the Investigatory Powers Commissioners' Office pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To receive a summary of the findings, recommendations and action plan from the remote desktop inspection by the Investigatory Powers Commissioners' Office.

Additional documents:


Risk Management Update pdf icon PDF 367 KB

To receive an update on Corporate Risk Management arrangements and activity in the year to date.


Internal Audit Interim Update Report April – September 2019 pdf icon PDF 259 KB

To receive an update on progress against the Internal Audit Plan 2019/20, revisions to the Plan and a summary of work undertaken to the end of September 2019.


Additional documents:


Annual Governance Statement 2018/19 – Progress Update pdf icon PDF 230 KB

To consider an update on the issues reported in the 2018/19 Annual Governance Statement and the process for the production of the 2019/20 Annual Governance Statement.

Additional documents:


Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 233 KB

To consider the Work Plan for 2019/20, to ensure comprehensive coverage of the Committee’s responsibilities.

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Contract Procedure Rules Non-Adherences pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To receive an update on the quantity and reasons for non-adherences approved between the  period 1 September and 31 October 2019.


Exclusion of the Press and Public

The reports relating to the remaining items on the agenda have been withheld from public circulation and deposit pursuant to Section 100(B)(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that the matters may be determined with the press and public excluded.


The Committee may decide that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items pursuant to Section 100(A)4 of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 and public interest would not be served in publishing the information.



Contract Procedure Rules Non-Adherences

To note the approved WARNs issued between 1 September and 31 October 2019.