Audit Committee - Thursday, 25 November 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames TW18 1XB

Contact: Chris Curtis  Email:

Link: Members of the public may hear the proceedings by tuning into the Council's YouTube channel

No. Item


Apologies and Substitutes

To receive any apologies for absence and notification of substitutions.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 243 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 29 July 2021 as an accurate record.



Disclosures of Interest

To receive any disclosures of interest from Councillors in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct for members.


Risk Appetite Framework

Elizabeth Humphreys, Corporate Governance Consultant, will speak to the Committee explaining the rationale for a Risk Appetite Framework – verbal item.



Corporate Risk Management pdf icon PDF 317 KB

To receive and note the report from the Internal Audit Manager.


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Covid-19 Risk Considerations pdf icon PDF 309 KB

To receive an update on COVID-19 risk considerations from the Internal Audit Manager.


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CIPFA Financial Management Code Self-Assessment pdf icon PDF 170 KB

To receive an update on:

(a)   progress made with the Peer Review Action Plan

(b)   the updated self-assessment against the principles set out in the CIPFA Financial Management Code.


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Retender of External Audit Contracts pdf icon PDF 250 KB

To consider a proposal to opt into the national scheme for audit appointments managed by Public Sector Audit Appointments and make a recommendation to Council.


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Confidential Reporting Code (Whistleblowing Policy) pdf icon PDF 210 KB

To consider a review of the Confidential Reporting Code (Whistleblowing Policy).


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Appointment of Independent Person to Audit Committee

Head of Corporate Governance to provide a verbal update on the appointment of an independent person to the Audit Committee.


Internal Audit Interim Report pdf icon PDF 320 KB

To receive and note an interim report from the Internal Audit Manager.

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External Audit update

To receive a verbal update from the external auditors on their work for the authority.


Committee Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 216 KB

To consider and approve the forward plan for the remainder of the municipal year.


VFM Working Group update

To receive an update from the Chief Finance Officer on progress made by the Value for Money Working Group.