Venue: Herefordshire Council Offices, Plough Lane, Hereford, HR4 0LE

Contact: Ben Baugh, Democratic Services, Email: 

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The public's rights to information and attendance at meetings pdf icon PDF 202 KB

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Apologies for absence

To receive apologies for absence.


Named substitutes

To receive details of any member nominated to attend the meeting in place of a member of the committee.


Declarations of interest

To receive any declarations of interests in respect of schedule 1, schedule 2 or other interests from members of the committee in respect of items on the agenda.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 148 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 28 June 2021.

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How to submit questions

The deadline for the submission of questions for this meeting is 5.00 pm on Monday 26 July 2021.

Questions must be submitted to  Questions sent to any other address may not be accepted.

Accepted questions and the responses will be published as a supplement to the agenda papers prior to the meeting.  Further information and guidance is available at



Questions from members of the public

To receive any written questions from members of the public.


Questions from councillors pdf icon PDF 174 KB

To receive any written questions from councillors.


2019/20 external audit findings report pdf icon PDF 215 KB

To consider the external auditors audit finding report for the year ended 31 March 2020.

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Annual Governance Statement – Final for 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 239 KB

To agree the annual governance statement 2019/20.


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Annual Governance Statement – Draft for 2020/2021 pdf icon PDF 236 KB

To seek the view of the committee as to whether the draft annual governance statement (AGS) for 2020/21 properly reflects the risk environment the council is operating in and the appropriateness of any actions required to improve it.  The draft will be published with the draft statement of accounts.


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2019/20 Statement of Accounts pdf icon PDF 237 KB

To approve the 2019/20 statement of accounts and associated letter of representation to Grant Thornton, the external auditors.

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Annual external audit letter 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 213 KB

For the committee to receive the external auditor’s annual audit letter for 2019/20 and determine whether further action or inclusion in the committee’s work programme is appropriate.

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External auditors annual plan 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 217 KB

To review and agree the external auditor’s audit plan for 2020/21.

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Internal audit annual report and opinion 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 435 KB

The purpose of this report is to enable the committee to provide independent assurance on the adequacy of the risk management framework together with the internal control of the financial reporting and annual governance processes by considering the head of internal audit’s annual report and opinion, and the level of assurance it gives over the council’s corporate governance arrangements.

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Committee work programme pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To consider the committee’s work programme.

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Date of next meeting

The next scheduled meeting is Thursday 30 September 2021, 10.15 am.


However, the committee is asked to consider an alternative date in the week commencing 20 September 2021 to assist with the consideration of the re-thinking governance proposals and subsequent passage of a report to Council.