Agenda and minutes

Business Efficiency Board
Wednesday, 24th February, 2016 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Civic Suite, Town Hall, Runcorn. View directions

Contact: Christine Lawley on 0151 511 8328 or e-mail  christine.lawley@halton.gov.uk 

Items
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27.

MINUTES

Minutes:

            The Minutes of the meeting held on 18 November 2015 were taken as read and signed as a correct record.

28.

External Audit Update Report pdf icon PDF 193 KB

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Minutes:

The Board considered a report of the Strategic Director - Community and Resources, which provided an update from Grant Thornton (External Auditors) regarding the following:-

 

·             the progress made in delivering their responsibilities as the Council’s external Auditors; and

 

·             a summary of emerging national issues and developments that may be relevant to the work of the Board.

 

Ms Georgia Jones from Grant Thornton presented the report.

 

RESOLVED: That the report be noted.

29.

Internal Audit Plan pdf icon PDF 201 KB

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Minutes:

The Board received the report of the Operational Director – Finance, on the planned programme of internal audit work for 2016/17.

 

RESOLVED: That the proposed Internal Audit Plan for 2016/17 be approved.

30.

SCHEDULE 12A OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT (ACCESS TO INFORMATION) ACT 1985

PART II

In this case the Board has a discretion to exclude the press and public and, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted, it is RECOMMENDED that under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, having been satisfied that in all the circumstances of the case the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

 

Minutes:

The Board considered:

 

1)    Whether Members of the press and public should be excluded from the meeting of the Board during consideration of the following item of business in accordance with Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 because it was likely that, in view of the nature of the business to be considered, exempt information would be disclosed, being information defined in Section 100 (1) and paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972; and

 

2)    Whether the disclosure of information was in the public interest, whether any relevant exemptions were applicable and whether, when applying the public interest test and exemptions, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed that in disclosing the information.

 

RESOLVED: That as, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed that in disclosing the information, members of the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 because it was likely that, in view of the nature of the business, exempt information would be disclosed, being information defined in Section 100 (1) and paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

 

 

          Councillor John Stockton declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in the following item as he was a Governor of Castle View Primary School.

31.

Internal Audit Progress Report

Minutes:

The Board considered a report of the Operational Director – Finance, which provided Members with a summary of internal audit work completed since the last meeting of the Board.

 

          RESOLVED: That:

 

1)    the update on progress against the 2015/16 Internal Audit Plan be received;

 

2)    the completed internal audit reports be noted; and

 

3)    the progress made in regard to the implementation of previous internal audit recommendations be noted.