Audit Committee, Wednesday, 23 March 2016
This meeting will be held in the Council Chamber, Mendip District Council, Shepton Mallet at 6.30 pm.
1 CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Chair will give their announcements. Mobile phones should be switched off and the evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency will be explained.
2 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
To receive apologies from Members who are unable to attend the meeting.
3 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
If a member of the Audit Committee or other member of the Council present at the meeting has a personal or prejudicial interest in any agenda item during this meeting they should declare its existence and nature publicly.
4 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
a) For items on the agenda
b) For items not on the agenda
5 PREVIOUS MINUTES
To confirm the minutes of the Audit Committee meeting held on 27 January 2016
6 GRANT THORNTON AUDIT PLAN AND AUDIT COMMITTEE UPDATE
Grant Thornton Audit Plan and Audit Committee update for year ending 31 March 2016
7 SWAP INTERNAL AUDIT RECOMMENDATIONS MONITORING 2015/16
This paper updates the committee on work to monitor internal audit recommendations and progress against internal audit recommendations from 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.
8 SWAP REPORT OF INTERNAL AUDIT ACTIVITY MARCH UPDATE 2015-16
This report introduces the Internal Audit Plan for 2016/17 and also incorporates
9 INTERNAL AUDIT PLAN AND THE INTERNAL AUDIT CHARTER
This report introduces the Internal Audit Plan for 2016/17 and also incorporates an 'Internal Audit Charter' which sets out the operational relationship between Mendip District Council and the South West Audit Partnership (SWAP).
10 UPDATE ON RISK MANAGEMENT REPORT QUARTER 3 2015/16
The paper outlines the council's approach to risk management and intended areas of work to further strengthen the council's arrangement during 2015/16.
11 CORE SERVICES CONTRACT REVIEW
This is an update of the governance model showing the improvements that have been implemented between The Landscape Group and Operational Assets and Contracts team by carrying out the Core Services Contract review.
12 NEW HOMES BONUS: SHARPENING THE INCENTIVE CONSULTATION
The consultation seeks views on options on changes to the New Homes Bonus in order to better reflect authorities' delivery of new housing. It also seeks views on reducing the number of years in which the current and future years are made.
13 CORPORATE SERVICES PROCUREMENT - A verbal update
Members will receive a brief update on the joint procurement of the Corporate Services Contract. A detailed report is scheduled to be submitted to the Audit Committee Meeting in June."
14 ANTI BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION POLICY AMENDMENTS
In September 2015 the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) jointly issued an Amber Alert concerning Local Authorities and the UK Bribery Act (2010). The Alert was based on assessed intelligence and warns of the dangers and threats from serious organised criminality. The purpose of the alert was to stimulate preventative or remedial action and a proposed action plan was endorsed by Full Council in February 2016. This paper presents the associated policy amendments for endorsement by the Audit Committee.
15 AUDIT COMMITTEE FORWARD PLAN
The Audit Committee's Forward Plan is attached for information
16 URGENT BUSINESS
To consider any other business which the Chairman decides is urgent.