SWT Audit and Governance Committee
Monday, 12th December, 2022 6.15 pm

Venue: The John Meikle Room - The Deane House. View directions

Contact: Amy Tregellas, Email: 

Webcast: View the webcast

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Minutes of the previous meeting of the Audit and Governance Committee pdf icon PDF 184 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.)


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.

    We are now live webcasting most of our committee meetings and you are welcome to view and listen to the discussion. The link to each webcast will be available on the meeting webpage, but you can also access them on the Somerset West and Taunton webcasting website.


Audit and Governance Committee Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 181 KB


Audit and Governance Committee action/recommendation tracker pdf icon PDF 188 KB


SWAP Owners Meeting


External Audit Annual Report 2021/2022 pdf icon PDF 225 KB

    This matter is the responsibility of the Portfolio Holder for Communications and Corporate Resources, Cllr Benet Allen.


    Report Author: John Dyson, Corporate Finance Manager


    This is a report from the Council’s External Auditors, Grant Thornton which focuses primarily on the Auditor’s findings on the Council’s arrangements for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources.  It recognises the transition towards the new unitary Somerset Council.

    This report is presented as an interim report, pending the auditor issuing the final opinion on the Statement of Accounts for 2021/22 due to the national issue relating to the statutory override relating to the treatment of infrastructure assets in the Statement of Accounts.

    Additional documents:


External Audit Progress Report and Sector Update pdf icon PDF 126 KB


Internal Audit Progress Report 2022/2023 pdf icon PDF 401 KB


Summary of Level 1 and 2 Audit Actions Report pdf icon PDF 223 KB


Treasury Management 2022/2023 Mid Year Review pdf icon PDF 815 KB

    This matter is the responsibility of the Portfolio Holder for Communications and Corporate Resources, Cllr Benet Allen.


    Report Authors: John Dyson, Corporate Finance Manager and Steve Plenty, Finance Specialist


    The purpose of this report is to provide Members with an update on the Treasury Management activity of Somerset West and Taunton Council and performance against the Prudential Indicators in respect of the first six months of 2022/23.

    It provides a view of the Council’s borrowing and investments at the mid-point of the year. 


Health and Safety Update pdf icon PDF 356 KB


Landlord Compliance Report pdf icon PDF 433 KB

    This matter is the responsibility of the Portfolio Holder for Housing, Cllr Francesca Smith.


    Report Author: Ian Candlish, Assistant Director Housing Property


    This report provides an updated position for the main landlord health and safety property compliance disciplines.