Corporate Governance and Audit Committee - Friday, 26th November, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

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

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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 Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.


Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence (If any)


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 235 KB

To consider and approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on 24th September 2021.




(Copy attached)


Matters Arising from the Minutes

To consider any matters arising from the minutes.


Annual Assurance Report on Financial Management pdf icon PDF 418 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Officer Financial Services which provides assurance that the Council has established an effective financial control environment including robust arrangements for strategic financial planning combined with effective financial management and control.




(Report attached)

Additional documents:


Procurement of External Auditor pdf icon PDF 547 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Officer Financial Services which sets out the proposals for appointing the external auditor to the Council for the statutory financial accounts for the five-year period from 2023/24.




(Report attached)



Procurement Review Update Report pdf icon PDF 454 KB

To consider a report by the Head of Procurement and Commercial Services which provides an update as to progress made in relation to the P2P review (including dovetailing the P2P review with recommendations from the LGA Peer Review and seeking to deliver greater strategic value from procurement activity).




(Report attached)


Additional documents:


Internal Audit Annual Report and Opinion 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 411 KB

To consider a report by the Head of Audit which sets out the annual opinion of the Head of Audit and provides 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 May to July 2021. The report also highlights incidence of any significant control failings or weaknesses.




(Report attached)

Additional documents:


Approval of Annual Governance Statement pdf icon PDF 410 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Officer Financial Services which presents the final Annual Governance Statement (AGS) for approval by committee in advance of the Committee’s approval of the audited Statement of Accounts.




(Report attached)



Additional documents:


Counter Fraud Update Report pdf icon PDF 171 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 April 2021 and September 2021.




(Report attached)


Additional documents:


Grant Thornton Audit Progress Report pdf icon PDF 408 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Officer Financial Services which provides an update from the external auditors, Grant Thornton on their 2020/21 audit, and outlines the findings from their interim audit work and provides commentary on progress to date on the final accounts audit.




(Report attached)

Additional documents:


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 407 KB

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




(Copy attached)

Additional documents:


Date and Time of Next Meeting

To note that the next meeting will take place on Friday, 17th December 2021 at 2.00pm in the Civic Hall, Leeds.