Audit and Governance Committee
Thursday, 31st January, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Civic Offices - St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA. View directions

Contact: Fiona Bywaters, Committee Services Team Leader  Tel.: 020 8770 4990, Email:

Link: Audio Recording

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FirePrecautions pdf icon PDF 52 KB


Welcome and Introductions


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Interest


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 77 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meetings held on 18 October 2018.

Part 1 - Governance


AG/2018/18 - Operation of the Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 160 KB

A function of the Council’s Audit & Governance Committee is to receive reports on the operation of the member Code of Conduct at Sutton. The purpose of this report is to update the committee on complaints which have been received and dealt with since the last meeting on 18 October 2018.


AG/2018/19 - Member Development Update pdf icon PDF 290 KB

The purpose of this report is to update the Committee on the Council's member development programme, setting out how the Council is ensuring that all members are fully aware of their obligation to follow the Nolan Principles and to help them meet the standards of behaviour and conduct that the public have a right to expect from their elected members.

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Part 2 - Audit


Members' Development


AG/2018/20 - Internal Audit – Half Year Progress Report pdf icon PDF 220 KB

In March 2018, the Audit Committee agreed an Annual Audit Plan comprising a total of 750 chargeable days. This report summarises Internal Audit’s progress in delivering the Annual Audit Plan up to December 2018.

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AG/2018/21 - Treasury Management Quarterly Report pdf icon PDF 158 KB

This report is the treasury management review for the quarter ended 30 September 2018. It summarises the Council’s Treasury Management operations during the first six months of 2018/19. It is presented for the purpose of monitoring and review and meets best practice as suggested  by the Treasury Management Code of Practice.


The Council invested surplus funds when available and complied with the requirements of the Prudential Code. The Council is operating the agreed Treasury Management Strategy for 2018/19. 

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AG/2018/22 - Fraud Referrals and Investigations Update pdf icon PDF 208 KB

This report summarises the results of the Council’s Counter-Fraud and investigations work undertaken since 1 April 2018 compared with the indicative resource allocation plan for 2018/19.

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AG/2018/24 - Review Risk Register and Discuss Mitigation pdf icon PDF 124 KB

Note and comment on the updated corporate risk register.

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AG/2018/24 - External Audit Update pdf icon PDF 190 KB

The External Audit Plan by the Council’s external auditors, Grant Thornton (the Auditors) provides an overview of the planned scope and timing of the statutory audits of the London Borough of Sutton and Sutton Pension Fund for those charged with governance.


Within this Audit Plan the Auditors have confirmed they have complied with the Financial Reporting Council's Ethical Standard, and as a firm, and each covered person, have confirmed that they are independent and are able to express an objective opinion on the financial statements.


The Auditors are required to certify the Housing Benefit subsidy claim submitted by the London Borough of Sutton. This report confirms the Auditors have certified the Housing Benefit Subsidy claim for the financial year 2017/18.

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Provisional Work Plan pdf icon PDF 51 KB