|Date: Tuesday 22nd March 2016 Time: 9.30 a.m. Place: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale|
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|COUNCILLOR J. MASON (CHAIR)|
Councillors K. Chaplin
Apologies for absence were received from
Councillors M. Cross, Mrs. D. Rowberry, B. Sutton, P. Baldwin and Derwyn Owen - Wales Audit Office (WAO).
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST AND DISPENSATIONS
The following declaration of interest was reported and the Lay Member advised that he would leave the meeting whilst the item was considered: -
- Item No. 9 - Internal Audit Catering Review
The Minutes of the Audit Committee held on 26th January, 2016 were submitted for consideration, whereupon:-
It was noted that no Group Accountant had been present at this meeting.
RESOLVED, subject to the foregoing, that the Minutes be accepted as a true record of proceedings.
Consideration was given to the Action Sheet of the Audit Committee meeting held on 26th January, 2016.
RESOLVED that the Action Sheet be noted.
WAO FINAL AUDIT PLAN 2015/16
Main Report (467K/bytes)
Consideration was given to the report of the Wales Audit Office (WAO), which provided information on the 2016 Audit Plan for Blaenau Gwent.
The WAO representative spoke to the report, highlighting key points and explaining that the main purpose of the report was to discharge Blaenau Gwent from the statutory duties of the Auditor General for Wales.
A representative for the WAO informed Members that due to a reduction in funding for the work of the Wales Audit Office there would be a review of current working practices and new processes would be implemented. Once these decisions had been made they would be reported to the Audit Committee.
WALES AUDIT OFFICE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT FOLLOW UP REPORT JANUARY 2016
Consideration was given to the report of the Chief Finance Officer which provided an update on the Wales Audit Office Information Management follow up report January 2016. The report provided a detailed overview of key areas for improvement for Blaenau Gwent's information management processes.
FURTHER RESOLVED that the Head of Internal Audit respond to the Committee with a timescale for implementing the action points.
AUDIT PLAN PROGRESS REPORT JANUARY TO FEBRUARY 2016
Consideration was given to the report of the Audit Manager which provided information on the Audit Plan Progress Report from January to February 2016.
CODE OF GOVERNANCE
Consideration was given to the report of the Head of Internal Audit which provided information on the revised Code of Governance.
The Head of Internal Audit spoke to the report and highlighted key points. Explaining that the Code of Governance was reviewed annually and came into effect for the next financial year.
RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the updated code of Governance be approved and adopted by the council.
|TO RECEIVE AND CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING REPORT(S) WHICH IN THE OPINION OF THE PROPER OFFICER IS/ARE AN EXEMPT ITEM(S) TAKING INTO ACCOUNT CONSIDERATION OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST TEST AND THAT THE PRESS AND PUBLIC SHOULD BE EXCLUDED FROM THE MEETING (THE REASON FOR THE DECISION FOR THE EXEMPTION IS AVAILABLE ON A SCHEDULE MAINTAINED BY THE PROPER OFFICER)|
INTERNAL AUDIT - CATERING REVIEW
Mr. Peter Williams declared an interest in this item and left the meeting whilst it was under discussion.
Having regard to the views expressed by the Proper Officer regarding the public interest test that, on balance, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information and that the report should be exempt.
RESOLVED that the public be excluded whilst this item of business is transacted as it was likely there would be a disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 13 & 14, Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).
The Internal Audit Manager spoke to the report, highlighting key points. She explained that an action plan had now been implemented to strengthen the weaknesses which had been identified.
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