Agenda and minutes

Audit Committee
Tuesday, 17th November, 2020 9.30 am

Venue: Virtually via Microsoft Teams - if you would like to attend this meeting live via Microsoft Teams please contact committee.services@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

Contact: Democratic Services  7788

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Simultaneous Translation

You are welcome to use Welsh at the meeting, a minimum notice period of 3 working days is required should you wish to do so.  A simultaneous translation service will be provided if requested.

Minutes:

It was noted that no requests had been received for the simultaneous translation service.

 

2.

Apologies

To receive.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor M. Cross.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

To receive.

Minutes:

The following declarations of interest were reported:

 

Councillor B. Summers - Item No. 6 Statement of Accounts for 2016/17, 2017/18 & 2018/19

 

Councillor J. Hill - Item No. 6 Statement of Accounts for 2016/17, 2017/18 & 2018/19

Item No. 7 External Audit of 2016/17 Statement of Accounts

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Item No. 8 External Audit of 2017/18 Statement of Accounts

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Item No. 9 External Audit of 2018/19 Statement of Accounts

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

 

4.

Audit Committee pdf icon PDF 472 KB

To receive the minutes of the Audit Committee held on 29th September, 2020.

 

(Please note the minutes are submitted for accuracy points only)

Minutes:

The minutes of the special Audit Committee held on 29th September, 2020 were submitted.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes be accepted as a true record of proceedings.

 

5.

Action Sheet pdf icon PDF 13 KB

To receive the Action Sheet arising from the meeting of the Audit Committee held on 29th September, 2020.

Minutes:

The Action Sheet arising from the meeting of the Audit Committee held on 29th September, 2020 was submitted.

 

RESOLVED, subject to the foregoing, that the Action Sheet be noted.

 

6.

Statement of Accounts 2016/17, 2017/18 & 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 419 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Resources.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillors B. Summers and J. Hill declared an interest in this matter.

 

Consideration was given to report of the Chief Officer Resources.

 

In light of the Auditor’s General opinion highlighted at Section 2.6 of the report, that the statements give a true and fair view of the financial position of Blaenau Gwent County Borough; and that the financial statements have been properly prepared in accordance with the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom, a Member proposed that Option 1 be approved with the addition that a further report be received from Audit Wales in due course.

 

The proposal was seconded.

 

Upon a vote being taken it was

RESOLVED that the Statement of Accounts for the years 2016/17, 2017/18 & 2018/19 be approved and a further report be received from Audit Wales in light of the Auditor’s General opinion highlighted at Section 2.6 of the report, that the statements give a true and fair view of the financial position of Blaenau Gwent County Borough; and that the financial statements have been properly prepared in accordance with the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom.

 

7.

External Audit of 2016/17 Statement of Accounts – Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council pdf icon PDF 446 KB

To consider the report of Audit Wales.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor J. Hill declared an interest in this item.

 

Consideration was given to the report of Audit Wales.

 

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

8.

External Audit of 2017/18 Statement of Accounts – Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council pdf icon PDF 446 KB

To consider the report of Audit Wales.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor J. Hill declared an interest in this item.

 

Consideration was given to the report of Audit Wales.

 

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

9.

External Audit of 2018/19 Statement of Accounts – Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council pdf icon PDF 446 KB

To consider the report of Audit Wales.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor J. Hill declared an interest in this item.

 

Consideration was given to the report of Audit Wales.

 

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

10.

Annual Governance Statement pdf icon PDF 496 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Resources.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to report of the Chief Officer Resources.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the Annual Governance Statement be approved and adopted (Option 1).

 

11.

The Annual Report of The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 417 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Legal and Corporate Compliance.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to report of the Head of Legal & Corporate Compliance.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the Audit Committee note that the process for the monitoring of complaints was robust and the performance information provided reflected these practices (Option 1).

 

12.

WAO Action Plan update pdf icon PDF 445 KB

To consider the report of the Corporate Director Social Services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to report of the Corporate Director of Social Services.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the WAO revised Action Plan timescale be approved (Option 1).

 

13.

Audit Wales Certificate of Compliance for the Audit of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council’s Assessment of 2019-20 Performance pdf icon PDF 475 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Governance and Partnerships.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to report of the Head of Governance and Partnerships.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the Audit Committee note the compliance certificate dated October 2020.