Agenda and minutes

Accounts and Audit - Wednesday, 28th July, 2021 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, 13 Church Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2RA

Contact: Olwen Heap 

No. Item


Apologies for absence


There were no apologies for absence.




To approve the minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 205 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 14 April 2021 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



Declarations of pecuniary and non pecuniary interests

Members are reminded of their responsibility to declare any pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of matters contained in the agenda.


There were no declarations of pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests.





Public participation


There was no public participation.



Internal Audit Progress report 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 201 KB

Report of Director of Resources enclosed.


The Director of Resources submitted a report for information on the progress of internal audit work to 9 July 2021.


The Head of Financial Services reminded members that as we currently have two vacant posts in the Internal Audit Section we are using Mersey Internal Audit Agency to carry out some audits.  They are currently carrying out audits included in the 2020/21 audit plan.


He informed members that interviews were taking place for the Internal Audit Assistant in the next week, and that the Principal Auditor post had been re-evaluated, renamed Internal Audit Manager and would be advertised again soon.


He also reassured members that the necessary work on key financial systems would be carried out in order to give the internal audit opinion to Members.



Audit Plan - year ending 31 March 2021 pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Report of Grant Thornton enclosed.


Georgia Jones, Engagement Lead at Grant Thornton submitted a report for information on the Ribble Valley BC audit plan for year ending 31 March 2021.


The document gave an overview of the planned scope and timing of the statutory audit of the Council for those charged with governance. She highlighted the main headings of significant risks, materiality, value for money arrangements and audit logistics. Members were informed that because of other work pressures the final audit would be put back to September/October 2021.


A brief discussion took place around the increase in the annual audit fees, and reference was made to the new auditing standards that introduced a revised approach to value for money work.




Reports from representatives on outside bodies



There were no reports from representatives on outside bodies.



Exclusion of Press and Public



There were no items under this heading.