A meeting of the Audit and Standards Committee will take place in Committee Room 3, Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness on Thursday, 30 November 2006 at 10.30am.
You are invited to attend the meeting and a note of the business to be considered is attached.
Alistair B Dodds
Director of Corporate Services
Declarations of Interest – Members are asked to consider whether they have an interest to declare in relation to any item on the agenda for this meeting. Any Member making a declaration of interest should indicate whether it is a financial or non-financial interest and include some information on the nature of the interest. Advice may be sought from Officers prior to the meeting taking place.
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Minutes of Meeting – 5 October 2006
There are circulated for information the approved Minutes of Meeting of the Committee held on 5 October 2006.
3. The Highland Council – Report on the 2005/06 Audit
There is circulated Report No. as-19-06 dated 8th November 2006 by the Director of Finance which introduces and comments on the External Auditor’s Report to Members in respect of the Final Accounts for the financial year ended 31st March 2006.
In this regard, there are circulated separately:
(i) Report on the Audit for the Year Ended 31 March 2006 from the External Auditor (Audit Scotland); and
(ii) Highland Council - Statement of Accounts - Year ended 31 March 2006
Members are invited to note the terms of the External Auditor’s Report, together with the Council’s response to the findings and the completed Action Plan, and the Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2006.
4. Internal Audit Reviews Period – 22 September to 10 November 2006
There is circulated Report No. as-20-06 dated 10 November 2006 by the Head of Internal Audit and Risk Management which summarises the final reports issued since the date of the last meeting – together with other information relevant to the operation of the Internal Audit Section – as follows:-
Civil Engineering and Capital Contracts
Social Work – Children’s Centres
Housing – Supporting People
TEC Services – Waste Disposal
Members are invited to note the terms of the report as circulated.