Audit and Governance Committee
Monday, 17th January, 2022 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2BJ. View directions

Contact: Rachel Graves  Tel: 01270 686473 Email:

No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive any 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 paragraphs 2.24 of the Council’s Committee Procedure Rules and Appendix on Public Speaking a total period of 15 minutes is allocated for members of the public to put questions to the committee on any matter relating to this agenda. Each member of the public will be allowed up to two minutes each to speak, and the Chair will have discretion to vary this where they consider it appropriate.


Members of the public wishing to speak are required to provide notice of this at least three clear working days’ in advance of the meeting and should include the question with that notice.



Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 25 November 2021.


Action Tasks pdf icon PDF 44 KB

To review the action tasks that emerged from the meeting on 25 November 2021.


Annual Audit Letter 2020/21 and Certification Report pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Summary of the External Audit findings from the 2020/21 audit. The letter will also confirm the final audit fee.

Additional documents:


Statement of Accounts 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 139 KB

To review and approve the Statement of Accounts 2021/22.


Annual Governance Statement - Progress Update pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To review and approve the Annual Governance Statement 2020/21.

Additional documents:


Hearing Sub Committee Findings

This item has been deferred until the Audit and Governance Committee Meeting on 10 March 2022.


Upheld Complaints to the Local Government Ombudsman pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To consider the Decision Notices issues by the Local Government Ombudsman.


Covid-19 Update pdf icon PDF 286 KB

To consider the most recent report on the Council’s response to Covid-19 as prepared and presented to the Council’s Corporate Policy Committee.


Update on the Local Ward budgets and 'Top Up' service pilot scheme pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To note the report and the intention to submit a further report, following a review of the pilot scheme later in 2022 and to identify any specific governance or assurance issues the Committee wish to review.



Work Programme pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To consider the Work Programme and determine any required amendments.

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Highways Funding

To receive a verbal update.


Partnerships Governance pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To consider the scope and phasing of the review of the governance and assurance arrangements for significant partnerships or collaborations, to be

completed by the end of quarter one of 2022/23.


Contract Procedure Rule Non-Adherences pdf icon PDF 122 KB

To consider a report updating the Audit and Governance Committee on the number of cases where, and reasons why, procurement activity has required the use of waivers and/or non-adherences (WARNs). The report covers cases from 1st September 2021 to the 30th November 2021.


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 3 and 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 and public interest would not be served in publishing the information.




Waivers and Non-Adherences

To note the approved WARNs issued between 1 September 2021- 30 November 2021.