To approve the Council Tax base on behalf of the
To approve the Business Rates Tax base on behalf of
To consider 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.
Subject to 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
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
Subject to 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
To consider 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
To consider 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 payments
To exercise the functions, powers and duties of the Council as
Trustee of Trusts. 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 Council.
To consider nominations for Freedom of the Borough
and make recommendation to the Council.
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 Assistant Director, Planning and Development
considers should be approved.
consider and approve the naming of local streets and buildings in
all cases where there are unresolved objections.
make an order identifying a place as a
designated public place for the purposes of police powers in relation to
alcohol consumption (under Section 13(2) of
the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001)
(14)Subject to the Council’s Scheme of Delegation to officers,
to discharge the Council’s functions in relation to
issue which in the professional opinion of the Chief Executive, or
Strategic Directors should be referred to the Committee.
matter which has been referred by the Council or from another
committee for determination.
setting up of sub-committees and panels and the setting of their
terms of reference.
other matters which are non-Cabinet functions and which are not
otherwise reserved to Council are not within the terms of reference
of any other committee and which are not delegated.
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’.
To review the internal audit and counter fraud
strategy and to consider whether it meets recommended best
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
To comment on the scope and depth of external audit
work and to ensure that it provides value for money.
(10)Following such liaison with Public Sector Appointments as
necessary, to approve the appointment of the Council’s
consider and receive reports from the Section 151 Officer as
appropriate and to commission such work from both internal and
external audit as may be required.
monitor the effective development and operation of risk management
and corporate governance in the Council.
monitor Council policies on ‘Raising Concerns at
Work’/Whistle-blowing’, the counter fraud and
corruption strategy and the Council’s complaints
consider and approve the Council’s Annual Governance
Statement, including the review of the effectiveness of the
assurance framework and, in particular, internal audit.
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.
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 of
approve, for submission to Council, an annual report of the
activities of the Committee in discharging its various audit
(18)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
Five councillors, plus
up to two non-voting co-opted members.
The Committee Chair must not be a Cabinet Member.