Audit and Governance Committee - Thursday, 9th March, 2023 10.30 am

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

Contact: Jennifer Ashley  Tel: 01270 685705 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 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 407 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 24 November 2022.


Audit and Governance Action Log pdf icon PDF 306 KB

To consider the action log.


Public Interest Report pdf icon PDF 155 KB

To consider an update on the Public Interest Report and the recommendation to the Audit and Governance Committee, following the meeting of Council on 1 February 2023 which considered the Public Interest Report published by Grant Thornton on 17 January 2023.

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External Audit Findings and Action Plan 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 333 KB

To consider the Audit Completion Report 2021/22.

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Annual Governance Statement 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To receive and agree the proposed final Annual Governance Statement 2021/22 for signature by the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive.

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Certification of Housing Benefit Subsidy Claim and Teachers Pensions Return 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To consider the outcome of the External Auditor’s certification process for the 2021/22.


Risk Management Update pdf icon PDF 249 KB

To consider the update on the Strategic Risk Register for the period ending Quarter 2 22/23, and other risk management activity.

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Six Monthly Complaints Report pdf icon PDF 350 KB

To consider a summary of the complaints received and considered by the Council during the period 1 July 2022 to 31 December 2022.


Inspection by Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Office pdf icon PDF 244 KB

To consider the outcome of a remote inspection by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office in relation to the Council’s use of its powers under Part II of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

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Internal Audit Update Report Q3 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 143 KB

To receive an update on work undertaken by Internal Audit between October and December 2022.

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Internal Audit Plan 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 152 KB

To receive and approve the Summary Internal Audit Plan for 2023/24.

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Update Report - CIPFA Review of Audit and Governance Committee pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To receive an update on the CIPFA review.

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Work Programme pdf icon PDF 419 KB

To consider the Committee’s Work Programme.


Contract Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 533 KB

To consider an update on the number of cases where, and reasons why, procurement activity has required the use of waivers and/or non-adherences (WARNs).

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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 Paragraph 3 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

To consider the WARNs.