Corporate Governance and Audit Committee - Friday, 25th June, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Contact: John Grieve, Governance Services Tel (0113) 37 88662 


No. Item


Appeals Against Refusal of Inspection of Documents

To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules (in the event of an Appeal the press and public will be excluded).


(*In accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2, written notice of an appeal must be received by the Head of Governance Services at least 24 hours before the meeting)


Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of the Press and Public

1  To highlight reports or appendices which officers have identified as containing exempt information, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.


2  To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.


3  If so, to formally pass the following resolution:-


  RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following parts of the agenda designated as containing exempt information on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, as follows:-




Late Items

To identify items which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration


(The special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes)


Declaration of Disclosable Pecuniary and Other Interests’

To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-16 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.



Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence (If any)


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 313 KB

To consider and approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on 15th March 2021.



(Copy attached)


Matters Arising from the Minutes

To consider any matters arising from the minutes.


Grant Thornton Annual Audit Letter 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 420 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Officer Financial Services which informs the Committee that in accordance with proper audit practice, Grant Thornton (External Auditors) have issued their Annual Audit Letter 2019/20, which provides a summary of the key audit findings for the financial year.


Appended to the report is the Annual Audit Letter (Appendix 2). The letter confirms that Grant Thornton were able to provide an unqualified opinion on the council’s financial statements for 2019/20 and an ‘except for’ opinion on the council’s arrangements to secure value for money for 2019/20.



(Report attached)


Additional documents:


Grant Thornton Audit Progress Report pdf icon PDF 418 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Officer Financial Services which informs the Committee that Grant Thornton (LCC External Auditors) have provided an Audit Progress Report on their 2020/21 audit which includes their proposed timetable for the 2020/21 audit and their proposed audit fee.



(Report attached)


Additional documents:


Internal Audit Update Report February to April 2021 pdf icon PDF 407 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Officer Financial Services intended to provide a source of assurance that the internal control environment is operating as intended through a summary of the Internal Audit activity for the period from February to April 2021. The report highlights the incidence of any significant control failings or weaknesses.



(Report attached)



Additional documents:


Counter Fraud Update Report pdf icon PDF 392 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Officer Financial Services which sets out details of the counter fraud activities undertaken by the Internal Audit service between the period December 2020 and March 2021.



(Report attached)


Additional documents:


Work Programme 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 439 KB

To consider and approve the Committee’s Work Programme for the 2021/ 22 period.



(Copy attached)

Additional documents:


PSN Certification - Update Report pdf icon PDF 437 KB

To consider a report by the Data Protection Officer which seeks to provide an update on Leeds City Council’s readiness for Public Services Network (PSN) compliance submission.


(Please note that Appendices 1 & 2 to this report are designated as being exempt from publication under the provisions of Access to Information Procedure Rule 10.4 (3))



(Report attached)



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Date and Time of Next Meeting

To note that the next meeting will take place on Friday, 30th July 2021 at 2.00pm in the Civic Hall, Leeds.