Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) first presented a report on progress against the Committee’s 2021/22 Work Programme. She pointed out that the bi-annual report on the Review of the Whistleblowing Policy and the final report on the Customer Connect Business Case had been delayed and would be brought to the July 2022 meeting of the Audit Committee.
The Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) then presented a draft Work Programme for the Audit Committee for 2022/23. The provisional meeting dates shown were dependent on approval by Council of its Calendar of Meetings for 2022/23. The majority of the content of the Programme was as in previous years, however, the final meeting of the Audit Committee had been brought forward and was scheduled to be held on 2 March 2023 in order to allow an opportunity for final audit reports and the Committee’s Annual Report to be considered prior to submission to the last meeting of Full Council.
It was suggested that the last meeting may involve a larger amount of business than usual and that an earlier start time may be appropriate. The Chairman undertook to look at this nearer to the time. In response to a query on the potential for slippage in timescales, the Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) explained that the Internal Audit contract was due to cease at the end of South Lakeland District Council’s financial year, and so it was aimed for this work to be completed by this time. There was, however, a longer relationship with External Audit, as the final accounts for the current financial year would not be ready by 31 March 2023. The responsibility for preparation of accounts for South Lakeland District Council would transfer to the Westmorland and Furness Unitary Authority’s Section 151 Officer, and External Audit would work with the new Authority to carry out that work. The Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) informed Members that a Local Government Reorganisation workstream had already established a legacy team to work out the logistics regarding dealing with legacy work and day one work for the new authority. Gareth Kelly, External Audit, added that External Audit had already commenced discussions with the legacy team and pointed out to Members that External Audit had already had experience of working through change programmes with Clinical Commissioning Groups.
RESOLVED – That
(1) progress against the 2021/22 Work Programme be noted; and
(2) the draft Work Programme for 2022/23 be agreed, subject to confirmation of the Council’s Calendar of Meetings.
Publication date: 11/05/2022
Date of decision: 21/04/2022
Decided at meeting: 21/04/2022 - Audit Committee