Corporate Governance and Audit Committee - Monday, 27th November, 2023 10.30 am

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Contact: Debbie Oldham  0113 37 88656

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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


Minutes of the Previous Meeting- 25th September 2023 pdf icon PDF 150 KB

To receive the minutes of the previous meeting held on 25th September 2023 for approval as a correct record.


Matters Arising From The Minutes


Procurement Assurance Report 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 341 KB

This is the annual report of the Head of Procurement and Commercial Services to the Committee, concerning the Council’s procurement function, and provides assurances that the Council’s arrangements are up to date, fit for purpose, effectively communicated and routinely complied with. The Committee is asked to consider the ongoing work to review and refine the Council’s “procure to payment” processes as part of the Core Business Transformation Programme (the P2P Review) in order maintain effective procurement support and practices, including appropriate training and guidance, and efficient systems and processes.

Additional documents:


Annual Assurance Report on Corporate Performance Management Arrangements pdf icon PDF 330 KB

The annual report of the Director of Strategy and Resources presents assurances to the Corporate Governance & Audit Committee on the effectiveness of the council’s corporate performance management arrangements.

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Annual Assurance Report on Risk and Resilience Arrangements pdf icon PDF 335 KB

The report of the Director of Strategy and Resources provides the Corporate Governance & Audit Committee with assurances relating to the adequacy of the risk and resilience controls currently in place in the council; that they are up to date, fit for purpose, embedded and routinely applied.

Additional documents:


Annual Assurance report on Financial and Treasury Management pdf icon PDF 343 KB

The annual report of the Chief Officer Financial Services sets out the standing arrangements for financial management and treasury management within the Council and provides evidence of compliance over the reporting period from November 2022 to October 2023.

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Grant Thornton Receipt of External Auditors ICT Report pdf icon PDF 327 KB

The report of the Chief Finance Officer presents Grant Thornton’s IT Audit Report for the 2022/23 financial year, which is attached as Appendix 1. The IT Audit Report is undertaken in support of the audit of the financial statements, and covers the control environment for the Council’s main financial systems.

Additional documents:


Grant Thornton Annual Report 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 326 KB

This covering report presents Grant Thornton’s Annual Auditor’s Report for 2022/23. The Annual Report gives the audit findings relating to the Council’s value for money arrangements. The report does not identify any statutory recommendations, but it does make two key recommendations and a number of other recommendations for improvement.

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Grant Thornton Updated Interim Audit Findings Report 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 327 KB

This report presents an update to Grant Thornton’s Interim Audit Findings Report for their audit of the Council’s 2021/22 statement of accounts.

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Corporate Governance and Audit Committee Work Programme 2023-24 pdf icon PDF 325 KB

This report presents the work programme for the Corporate Governance and Audit Committee, setting out future business for the Committee’s agenda, together with details of when items will be presented.

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Date and Time of Next Meeting

To note the next meeting of the Corporate Governance and Audit Committee will be on Monday 5th February 2024 at 10.30am