Audit Committee - Thursday, 17 September 2020 6.30 p.m.

Contact: Inge Booth 

Link: View the live stream of the meeting here

No. Item




To receive apologies for absence, if any.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 248 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 5 December 2019.


Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.


Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)


Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.


If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.


Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.


Audit Committee 2020/21 Work Programme pdf icon PDF 140 KB

To consider the Work Programme for 2020/21.  (The Programme can be adapted as necessary during the year.)

Regulatory Framework


Risk Management Update pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To consider the Council’s Strategic Risk Register.

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Audit Committee Risk Register pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To review the Audit Committee’s Risk Register.

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External Audit


External Audit Plan for South Lakeland District Council Year Ending 31 March 2020 pdf icon PDF 434 KB

To consider the Audit Plan for South Lakeland District Council year ending 31 March 2020.


External Audit Scope and Fee Letter 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 151 KB

To consider a fee letter from External Audit on audit scope and additional work in 2019/20.


External Audit Housing Benefit Certification Year Ended 31 March 2019 Letter pdf icon PDF 816 KB

To consider a letter from External Audit on Housing Benefit Certification for year ended 31 March 2019.


External Auditor's Progress Report and Update - September 2020 pdf icon PDF 475 KB

To consider a summary of the External Auditor’s progress to date and emerging issues and developments that may be relevant to the Council.

Internal Audit


Internal Audit Progress Report 2019/20 (September 2020) pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To consider a summary of progress in completing the Internal Audit Annual Plan in 2019/20, including seven final Internal Audit reports and an update on progress achieved in implementing recommendations from previous Internal Audit reviews.

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Internal Audit Annual Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 221 KB

To consider a summary of the outcomes of the work of the internal audit service provided by TIAA Limited for South Lakeland for 2019/20, including the Head of Internal Audit’s opinion on the effectiveness of the Council’s arrangements for risk management, governance and internal control in accordance with the requirements of the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards (PSIAS).

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Internal Audit Annual Plan 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 148 KB

To consider the Internal Audit Annual Plan 2020/21.

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Statement of Accounts and Annual Governance Statement 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 140 KB

To consider the draft Statement of Accounts for 2019/20.

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Financial Issues


Audit Committee Covid-19 Update pdf icon PDF 180 KB

To consider actions taken and arrangements made as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic.


Other Significant Financial Issues

To receive a verbal update from the Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) on any other significant financial issues.


Private Section (exempt reasons under Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006, specified by way of paragraph number)

There are no items in this Part of the Agenda.