Terms of reference
the Council Tax base on behalf of the Council.
the Business Rates Tax base on behalf of the Council.
and subsequently approve the Council's Statement of Accounts and to
consider any reports produced by the Chief Finance Officer in
accordance with the duty to make
arrangements for the proper administration of the Council's
financial affairs, but not in respect of the formulation of a plan
or strategy which is a function of the Cabinet (and subject to
final approval by the Council) or detailed operational matters
which are within the purview of the Cabinet.
the Council's Scheme of Delegation, to consider all
personnel-related issues which are not within the terms of
reference of any other committee or otherwise reserved to Full
Council including the appointment of an independent person to
undertake investigations as required into allegations of misconduct
against the Chief Executive, Monitoring Officer or Chief Finance
the Council’s Scheme of Delegation to officers, to discharge
the Council’s functions in relation to health and safety at
work, to the extent that those functions are discharged otherwise
than in the Council’s capacity as employer.
any adverse report issued by the Local Government Ombudsman, which
includes a finding that injustice has been caused to a person
aggrieved in consequence of maladministration, together with the
action to be taken by the Council in response (including any
compensation payments made).
any adverse report issued by the Independent Housing Ombudsman,
which includes a finding that injustice has been caused to a person
aggrieved in consequence of maladministration, together with the
action taken by the Council in response (including any compensation
To exercise the functions, powers and duties of the Council as Trustee of all
trusts for which the Council is corporate trustee except insofar as
those functions have been delegated to Strategic Directors of the
To consider nominations for Freedom of the Borough
and make recommendation to Full Council.
The functions of the Council under the Rush Common
Act 1806, and the determination of applications for consent under
the Rush Common Act 1806 other than applications for which no
objections have been received that the Director of Regeneration,
Planning and Neighbourhoods considers should be
To consider and approve the naming of local streets
and buildings in all cases where there are unresolved
To make an order identifying a place as a
designated public place for the purposes of police powers in
relation to alcohol consumption (under the Criminal Justice and
Police Act 2001, Section 13(2)).
Subject to the Council’s Scheme of Delegation
to officers, to discharge the Council’s functions in relation
Any issue which in the professional opinion of the
Chief Executive, Strategic Directors should be referred to the
Any matter which has been referred by Full Council
or from another committee for determination.
The setting up of sub-committees and panels and the
setting of their terms of reference.
All other matters which are non-Cabinet functions,
which are not otherwise reserved to Full Council nor are within the
terms of reference of any other committee and which are not
To provide oversight of the Council’s
Information Governance arrangements, including receipt of the
annual Information Governance Report and any significant
information governance issues as they arise.
Specific Audit Functions
To oversee and/or discharge on behalf of the
Council the requirements of the updated Accounts and Audit
Regulations 2011, which require the Council to ‘undertake an
adequate and effective internal audit of its accounting records and
of its system of internal control in accordance with the proper
practices in relation to internal control’.
the internal audit and counter fraud strategy and to consider
whether it meets recommended practices and to champion good
internal control, governance and counter
fraud practice to the wider organisation.
To review the annual counter fraud plan of activity
and resources, seeking assurance that it is in line with the
strategy and risk profile.
To consider the Head of Internal Audit and Counter
Fraud’s annual report and opinion, and a summary of internal
audit and counter fraud activity (actual and proposed) and the
level of assurance it can give over the Council’s corporate
To consider summaries of specific reports of
internal audit, investigations; and, external audit reports, in
particular those with an “inadequate” audit assurance
To consider reports dealing with the management and
performance of the providers of internal audit services.
To consider a report from the internal audit on
agreed recommendations not implemented within a reasonable
To consider the external auditor’s annual
letter (in conjunction with the Cabinet), related reports and such
other reports as may be agreed with the external
on the scope and depth of external audit work and to ensure that it
provides value for money.
Following such liaison with Public Sector Audit
Appointments as necessary, to approve the appointment of the
Council’s external auditor.
and receive reports from the Chief Finance Officer as appropriate
and to commission such work from both internal and external audit
as may be required.
To monitor the effective development and operation
of risk management and corporate governance in the
To monitor Council policies on ‘Raising
Concerns at Work/Whistleblowing’, the Counter Fraud and
Corruption Strategy and the Council’s complaints
To consider and approve Full Council’s Annual
Governance Statement, including the review of the effectiveness of
the assurance framework and, in particular, internal
To consider the Council’s arrangements for
corporate governance and agreeing necessary actions to ensure
compliance with best practice and with the Council’s own and
other published standards and protocols.
To review the draft annual statement of accounts
for the Council and the Pensions Fund. Specifically, to consider
whether appropriate accounting policies have been followed and
whether there are concerns arising from the financial statements or
from the audit that need to be brought to the attention of the
Council. To consider the external auditor’s report to those
charged with governance on issues arising from the audit of the
accounts, and then to formally approve the audited annual statement
To approve, for submission to Council, an annual
report of the activities of the Committee in discharging its
various audit functions.
Pursuant to its audit and counter fraud
responsibilities, to maintain an overview of the Council’s
compliance with the requirements of the Regulation of Investigatory
Powers Act 2000 and the Bribery Act 2010.
councillors, plus up to two non-voting co-opted members. The
Committee must not be a Cabinet Member.