Governance & Audit & Standards Committee - Friday, 26th July, 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: The Executive Meeting Room - Third Floor, The Guildhall, Portsmouth. View directions

Contact: Joanne Wildsmith, Democratic Services Tel: 023 9283 4058  Email:

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Members' Interests


Minutes of Previous Meeting - 8 March 2019 pdf icon PDF 164 KB

RECOMMENDED that the minutes of the meeting held on 8 March 2019 be approved as a correct record to be signed by the Chair.


External Annual Audit Report for 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 5 MB

The External Auditor will give a verbal update on the areas of ongoing work which are reflected in the report.


Portsmouth City Council's Audit Results are for noting.


Annual Internal Audit Performance Status Report for 2018-19 Audit Plan and Annual Opinion pdf icon PDF 345 KB

The report by the Chief Internal Auditor is to update the Governance and Audit and Standards Committee on the Internal Audit Performance for 2018/19 against the Annual Audit Plan, highlight areas of concern and areas where assurance can be given on the internal control framework.


In addition to this the Annual Opinion on the effectiveness of the Internal Control Environment is provided in the attached Appendix C. This opinion feeds into the Annual Governance Statement and is a requirement of the Local Government Act 1999 and the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards.



(1)  That Members note the Audit Performance for 2018/19 to 5th July 2019.


(2)  That Members note the highlighted areas of control weakness from the 2018/19 Audit Plan.


(3)  That members note the Annual Audit Report and Opinion for 2018/19.


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Annual Governance Statement pdf icon PDF 92 KB

The report by the Corporate Performance Manager seeks approval from the Governance and Audit and Standards Committee for the council's Annual Governance Statement (AGS) for 2018/19.


RECOMMENDED that the Governance and Audit and Standards Committee:


(1)       Agrees the Annual Governance Statement 2018/19 (Appendix 1)

(2)       Approves the refreshed Local Code of Governance (as set out in Appendix 2).

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Annual statement of accounts pdf icon PDF 133 KB

The report by the Director of Finance and Section 151 Officer is for the consideration of the Statement of Accounts for 2018-19.




(1) That the Statement of Accounts be approved;

(2) That authority be delegated to the Chair of the Governance and Audit and Standards Committee to sign an amended 2018/19 Statement of Accounts after 26 July should this be required following comments by the auditor.

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Treasury Management Outturn Report for 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 765 KB

The purpose of the report by the Director of Finance and Section 151 Officer is to inform members and the wider community of the Council's treasury management activities in 2018/19 and of the Council's treasury management position as at 31 March 2019.


RECOMMENDED that the actual prudential and treasury management indicators based on the unaudited accounts, as shown in Appendix B, be noted (an explanation of the prudential and treasury management indicators is contained in Appendix C).


Treasury Management Monitoring report for First Quarter of 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 206 KB

The purpose of the report by the Director of Finance and Section 151 Officer is to inform members and the wider community of the Council’s Treasury Management position, ie. its borrowing and cash investments at 30th June 2019 and of the risks attached to that position.


Whilst the Council has a portfolio of investment properties and some equity shares which were acquired through the capital program; these do not in themselves form part of the treasury management function. The performance of the investment property portfolio was reported to the Cabinet on 9th October 2018.


RECOMMENDED that the following be noted:


(1)       That there have been no breaches of the Treasury Management Policy 2019/20 in the period up to 30th June 2019.


(2) That the actual Treasury Management indicators as at 30th June 2019 set out in Appendix A be noted.


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Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) pdf icon PDF 87 KB

The report by the Chief Internal Auditor seeks to update Members on the Authority’s use of Regulatory Powers for the period from 29th January 2016 to 5th July 2019 and the changes required to the Policy. (The proposed changes to the policy are highlighted in Appendix A.)


RECOMMENDED that Members of the Governance and Audit and Standards Committee:


(1)       Note that there have not been any RIPA applications authorised since the last report to this Committee on the 29th January 2016;


(2)       Approve the required changes detailed under section 6, which have been made following the introduction of new Codes of Practice and Guidance and changes key in personnel.

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Disapplication of Political Balance rules in relation to members complaints sub committees pdf icon PDF 75 KB

The report by the City Solicitor asks the committee to consider whether it wishes to disapply the political balance rules in respect of its Sub-Committees which consider complaints against Members and to agree that the same rule shall apply to the Initial Filtering Panel.


RECOMMENDED that the political balance rules are disapplied in respect of Governance and Audit and Standards Sub-Committees which are considering complaints against Members and also the same arrangement should apply in respect of Initial Filtering Panel membership.


Performance Management Update - Quarter 4 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 170 KB

The purpose of the report by the Corporate Performance Manager is to report significant performance issues, arising from Quarter 4 performance monitoring, to Governance and Audit and Standards committee and highlight areas for further action or analysis.


RECOMMENDED that the Governance and Audit and Standards Committee is asked to:

(1)       note the report in the revised format;

(2)       agree if any further  action is required in response to performance issues highlighted.

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Call-in Rules/Procedures - request for a report

Under Standing Order 56, Councillor Simon Bosher has requested that an item come to Governance & Audit & Standards Committee. 


Councillor Simon Bosher requests that the following elements of the Council's Call-in rules and by extension process, be reviewed:


1) A suitable time limit is in place for which Scrutiny Management to consider the call in

2) The subject decision of the Cabinet/Portfolio Holder should not be implemented until such time as the call in has been properly considered

3) The nature of a call in can be a lengthy meeting and perhaps should be the subject of a special meeting and not included on the agenda of a scheduled meeting.

4) If a call in is successful and the subject report is referred back to Cabinet for reconsideration, the original unaltered report should not be the subject for reconsideration.


Note: Any changes to amend the Constitution would require recommendation to full Council for approval.


The Governance & Audit & Standards Committee is asked to consider this request from Councillor Bosher.


Dates of future meetings

Members are asked to agree the following meeting dates and times:


Friday 20th September (at 4pm or earlier?)


29th November


6th March 2020


Exclusion of Press and Public

In view of the contents of the following item on the agenda the

Committee is RECOMMENDED to adopt the following motion:

“That, under the provisions of Section 100A of the Local Government

Act, 1972 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information)

Act, 1985, the press and public be excluded for the consideration of the

following item on the grounds that the appendices to the report contain

information defined as exempt in Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local

Government Act, 1972"


The public interest in maintaining the exemption must outweigh the

public interest in disclosing the information.


Under the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and

Access to Information) England Regulations 2012, regulation 5, the

reasons for exemption of the listed appendices are shown below.


(NB The exempt/confidential committee papers on the agenda will

contain information which is commercially, legally or personally

sensitive and should not be divulged to third parties. Members are

reminded of standing order restrictions on the disclosure of exempt

information and are invited to return their exempt documentation to the

Local Democracy Officer at the conclusion of the meeting for



Item                                                                             Exemption Para No.*

16 .   Procurement Management Information

(Exempt Appendices 4 and 5 only)                                  3


*3. Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any

particular person (including the authority holding that information)




Procurement Management Information pdf icon PDF 592 KB

The information report by the Director of Finance seeks to provide evidence to allow the committee to evaluate the extent that Portsmouth City Council is achieving value for money in its contracts for goods, services and works.


(Appendices 4 & 5 contain exempt information)

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