Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) introduced the Audit Committee 2022/23 Work Programme and noted that the items that had been marked to follow on the agenda published for the (adjourned) 6 October meeting, had been circulated to Members ahead of the meeting.
Members were informed that the Annual Review of Anti-Fraud Policy and Activity had been delayed and would be brought to the 8 December meeting.
The Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer), in response to a query from Members, noted that work was underway to ensure that items that would normally have gone to the April Audit Committee meeting, would be brought to the March 2023 meeting. This meeting had been brought forward due to the Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) process that would mean SLDC would be abolished and replaced with the Westmorland and Furness Council following 31 March 2023.
Members requested an update on the arrangements being made for the District Council Audit Functions. The Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) noted that a legacy team, which would be created at the two Unitary Authorities created by the LGR process, would prepare the accounts for the current sovereign authorities and that Grant Thornton would continue to work with the District and County Council to audit the accounts. She added that work was underway to appoint Internal Auditors and develop the Constitution as well as the Whistle Blowing and Anti-Bribery policies.
Following a request from Members, the Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) undertook to provide an update report on the progress made on the closing down of the Sovereign Councils’ and the development of the new Unitary Authorities’ Audit Functions.
RESOLVED – That the progress against the 2022/23 Work Programme be noted.
Publication date: 12/01/2023
Date of decision: 10/11/2022
Decided at meeting: 10/11/2022 - Audit Committee