Special Meeting, SWT Audit, Governance and Standards Committee
Monday, 12th April, 2021 6.15 pm

Venue: Webcasting - Virtual. View directions

Contact: Andrew Randell Email: 

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No. Item




Minutes of the previous meeting of the Audit, Governance and Standards Committee held on 8th March 2021 pdf icon PDF 156 KB


Declarations of Interest

    To receive and note any declarations of disclosable pecuniary or prejudicial or personal interests in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.


    (The personal interests of Councillors and Clerks of Somerset County Council, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes.)

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Public Participation

    The Chair to advise the Committee of any items on which members of the public have requested to speak and advise those members of the public present of the details of the Council’s public participation scheme.


    For those members of the public who have submitted any questions or statements, please note, a three minute time limit applies to each speaker and you will be asked to speak before Councillors debate the issue.


    Temporary measures during the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Due to the Government guidance on measures to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), we will holding meetings in a virtual manner which will be live webcast on our website. Members of the public will still be able to register to speak and ask questions, which will then be read out by the Governance and Democracy Case Manager during Public Question Time and will either be answered by the Chair of the Committee, or the relevant Portfolio Holder, or be followed up with a written response.

    Additional documents:


Audit, Governance and Standards Committee Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 62 KB


Grant Thornton Annual Audit Letter 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 128 KB


Grant Thornton External Audit - Audit Plan for 2020/21 Accounts pdf icon PDF 214 KB


Grant Thornton External Audit - Progress Report pdf icon PDF 209 KB


Summary of Level 1 and 2 Internal Audit Actions pdf icon PDF 254 KB


Anti-Fraud Framework & Fraud Update pdf icon PDF 560 KB


Landlord Health and Safety Property Compliance Update Report pdf icon PDF 269 KB


Report of the Council Governance Arrangements Working Group pdf icon PDF 357 KB


Member Training and Development Policy pdf icon PDF 289 KB


Update to the Constitution pdf icon PDF 479 KB


Access to Information - Exclusion of the Press and Public

    During discussion of the following item it may be necessary to pass the following resolution to exclude the press and public having reflected on Article 13 13.02(e) (a presumption in favour of openness) of the Constitution.  This decision may be required because consideration of this matter in public may disclose information falling within one of the descriptions of exempt information in Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act.  The Committee will need to decide whether, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption, outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.


    Recommend that under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the next item of business on the ground that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 respectively of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, namely information relating to any individual.

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Monitoring Officer Update (Verbal Update)


(Item 10) Confidential Appendix Anti-Fraud and Error Annual Report