Agenda and minutes

Audit Committee - Monday 2nd February, 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Bourges/Viersen Room - Town Hall

Contact: Karen S Dunleavy; Governance Officer 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Arculus, Lamb and Sylvester. 


Councillor Stokes was in attendance as a nominated substitute.



Declarations of Interest

At this point Members must declare whether they have a disclosable pecuniary interest, or other interest, in any of the items on the agenda, unless it is already entered in the register of members’ interests or is a “pending notification “ that has been disclosed to the Head of Legal Services.



There were no declarations of interest. 



Minutes of the Meeting Held on 3 November 2014 pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 3 November 2014.


The minutes of the meeting held on 3 November 2014, were approved as an accurate and true record.




Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000)

The Committee is asked to NOTE  that there have been no RIPA authorisations in this quarter.


The Committee noted that there were no RIPA authorisations in this quarter.



External Audit: Annual Audit Letter and Grant Claims Annual Certification pdf icon PDF 77 KB

To receive and approve the External Audit report in relation to issues identified as part of their audit works.


Additional documents:


The Head of Strategic Finance and Julian Rickett, PwC introduced a report to Members of the Audit Committee, which outlined the Annual Audit Letter and Grant Claims Annual Certification 2013/14.


Key points within the report included:


  • Audit responsibilities;
  • Audit findings;
  • Matters arising;
  • Other matters reported to those charged with governance;
  • Annual certification report 2013/14;
  • Results of certification work;
  • Claims and returns certified; and
  • Certification fees.


In response to questions raised by Members, Julian Rickett, PwC confirmed that the materiality amount in relation to grant claims was below the threshold agreed with Audit Committee.


      The Committee:  


Considered and endorsed the final report produced by External Audit in the following areas:


  1. 2013/14 Annual Audit Letter; and
  2. 2013/14 Grant Claims: Annual Certification Report.



Feedback Report pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Additional documents:


The Governance Officer and the Head of Strategic Finance introduced the report, which provided feedback on items considered or questions raised at the previous meeting of Audit Committee.  It also provided an update on specific matters, which were of interest to the Committee or where the Committee had requested to be kept informed of progress.


The Committee:


Agreed that the Head of Strategic Finance would:


  1. Circulate the most recent Cabinet Member Decision Notice that required the use of the Invest to Save Scheme (ISS), to Members of the Audit Committee for comment on whether it contained the information they would expect; and
  2. Arrange a briefing regarding the Asset Disposal Protocol.


The Committee Also Agreed:


That the Cabinet Member for Resources would hold a discussion with the Budget Working Group to raise whether it would be permissible to utilise Public Health funding to support the provision and maintenance of Peterborough City Council park and recreational spaces.



Work Programme pdf icon PDF 80 KB


The Governance Officer submitted the latest version of the Work Programme for the Municipal Year 2014/2015 for consideration and approval.  The standard report provided details of the proposed Work Programme for the Municipal Year 2014/2015 together with any training needs identified.


The Committee:


Noted and approved the 2014/2015 Work Programme. 


The Committee also agreed:


         That the Head of Strategic Finance would provide an update outlining any comments received regarding the ISS funding.