Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Audit Committee
Tuesday 30th July 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Library Meeting Room, Taunton Library

Contact: Neil Milne on 01823 359045  Email: ndmilne@somerset.gov.uk

Note: If you wish to speak at this meeting, you must submit your questions or statements by 5.00pm on Wednesday 24 July 2019 

Items
No. Item

138.

Declarations of Interest

Details of all Members’ interests in District, Town and Parish Councils will be displayed in the meeting room. The Statutory Register of Member’s Interests can be inspected via the Community Governance team.

Minutes:

The Chair of the Committee noted that details of all Councillors interests in District, Town and Parish Councils will be displayed in the meeting room.

 

Cllr Noel declared a personal interest in his capacity as Chair of the Pensions Committee in respect of agenda item 6.

139.

Minutes from the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 94 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm the minutes are accurate.

Decision:

The Committee agreed that the minutes of the last meeting were accurate and the Chair signed them.

Minutes:

The Committee agreed that the minutes of the last meeting were accurate and the Chair signed them.

140.

Public Question Time pdf icon PDF 55 KB

The Chairman will allow members of the public to present a petition on any matter within the Committee’s remit. Questions or statements about any matter on the agenda for this meeting will be taken at the time when each matter is considered.

Decision:

The Chair of the Committee confirmed that 2 members of the public had registered to speak at the meeting.

 

Members heard a statement from Mr David Orr, who before he spoke thanked the Monitoring officer for providing clarity and allowing him some flexibility.

 

Surrey County Council experienced similar finance problems  ...  view the full decision text for item 140.

Minutes:

The Chair of the Committee confirmed that 2 members of the public had registered to speak at the meeting.

 

Members heard a statement from Mr David Orr, who before he spoke thanked the Monitoring Officer for providing clarity and allowing him some flexibility.

 

“Surrey County Council experienced similar finance problems  ...  view the full minutes text for item 140.

141.

Statement of Accounts - Somerset County Council pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To consider these reports.

Additional documents:

Decision:

This report was introduced by Mr Barber of Grant Thornton the Council’s External Auditors, and he directed attention to the Audit Findings report and he provided an overview of the findings regarding the Council’s financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019. He noted he had issued a short  ...  view the full decision text for item 141.

Minutes:

This report was introduced by Mr Barber of Grant Thornton the Council’s External Auditors, and he directed attention to the Audit Findings report and he provided an overview of the findings regarding the Council’s financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019. He noted he had issued a short  ...  view the full minutes text for item 141.

142.

Statement of Accounts - Pension Fund pdf icon PDF 42 KB

To consider these reports.

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Committee considered these report that summarised the findings from the 2018/19 external audit of the Pension Fund financial statements. Members were informed that this was a positive report for the Council as the external auditors had indicated that the accounts have received an unqualified opinion. 

 

The formal process of  ...  view the full decision text for item 142.

Minutes:

The Committee considered these reports that summarised the findings from the 2018/19 external audit of the Pension Funds financial statements. Members were informed that this was a positive report for the Council as the external auditors had indicated that the accounts have received an unqualified opinion. 

 

The formal process of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 142.

143.

Committee Future Workplan pdf icon PDF 47 KB

To consider this report

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Committee noted the report that listed future agenda items and reports for the next meeting on 19 September 2019, and the report was accepted.

 

There was a discussion about a topic raised during consideration of the Statement of Accounts concerning the Council’s preparation in respect the UK not reaching  ...  view the full decision text for item 143.

Minutes:

The Committee noted the report that listed future agenda items and reports for the next meeting on 19 September 2019, and the report was accepted.

 

There was a discussion about a topic raised during consideration of the Statement of Accounts concerning the Council’s preparation in respect the UK not reaching  ...  view the full minutes text for item 143.

144.

Any other urgent items of business

The Chairman may raise any items of urgent business.

Decision:

The Chair, after ascertaining there were no other items of business, thanked all those present for attending and closed the meeting at 12:20.

Minutes:

The Chair, after ascertaining there were no other items of business, thanked all those present for attending and closed the meeting at 12.20.