Agenda and minutes


No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor H R Jones.


Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct




(a)  Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest and


(b)  Where Members withdraw from a Meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave


No Declarations of Interest were made.


Recommendations made by External Regulators pdf icon PDF 650 KB

To consider report of the Deputy Chief Executive


Councillor J Amos entered the Meeting at 4.10 pm.


Gary Evans referred the Committee to the ‘Recommendations made by External Regulators (WAO, CIW, ESTYN, WG Commissioners etc)’ report and responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Committee:


·         Update requested on the position with Managers to take this to the next step

·         Is the Audit Manager included in responses and reports received from External agencies

·         Internal Audit Committee Work Programme – What is the Timeline and the impact on Scrutiny – What is the impact on the Work Programme

·         Is there any generic training available that could be rolled out

·         What is the Timeline for training – How has the priority for training been set

·         Have all the priorities been addressed

·         Responses requested on the actions referred to in the Minutes of the 9 April 2019 – Heading for the contents requested


Gary Evans advised that he would circulate an update to the Committee on the points raised in the Minutes of the April Meeting and would also attend a future Committee Meeting to give a further update.


·         What succession planning is taking place – Time needed for special investigations

·         Are the other Authorities in the Consortium experiencing similar issues in relation to special investigations

·         How much time is required for this extra work and the costs involved – How is this work funded

·         Staffing levels in the Department


Resolved that:


(a)  The report be received

(b)   A letter be sent to the Deputy Chief Executive in relation to the Audit Manager being included in reports being received from External Organisations.


Work Programme 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 385 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Work Programme 2019/20’ report.


Fran Donnelly advised that she would update the Committee at the next Meeting and enquired if there were any further matters that the Committee wished to be addressed at that Meeting.


The Committee then agreed that the Item on Human Resources be considered at the Meeting to be held 15 October 2019 and that the item on Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence be considered at the Meeting scheduled for 7 January 2020.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions


The Chair advised that there was no update on this item.


Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair


The Chair and the Committee reflected in detail on the items that had been considered at the Meeting.


Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


A Committee Member raised the question of receiving a copy of previous Minutes with the agenda pack together with including the responses of Officers to questions raised.  Reference was also made in relation to clarity on actions.


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