Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Reading

Contact: Michael Popham - Democratic Services Manager  Email:

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Declarations of Interest


Minutes pdf icon PDF 124 KB




Internal Audit Quarterly Progress Report pdf icon PDF 143 KB

This report provides an update on key findings emanating from Internal Audit reports issued since the last quarterly progress report.

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External Quality Assessment of Internal Audit Service pdf icon PDF 154 KB

This report provides Members of the Committee with an overview of the requirements set out in the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards in relation to an External Quality Assessment (EQA) of the Council’s Internal Audit service and to inform Members of the planned approach to ensure an EQA is procured and completed.


Implementation of the Finance Improvement Programme - Progress Update pdf icon PDF 201 KB

This report provides the latest update on progress of the Finance Improvement Programme workstreams and their deliverables against the Plan since the last meeting in September 2021.


Treasury Management Strategy Mid-Year Review 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 402 KB

To provide an update on the activity of the Treasury Management function during the first half of the year for the period 1st April 2021 to 30th September 2021.


2021/22 Quarter 2 Performance and Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 388 KB

This report sets out the projected revenue and capital outturn positions for 2021/22 for both the General Fund and the Housing Revenue Accounts as at the end of September 2021 (Quarter 2). These forecasts include best estimates of the additional pressures arising as a result of Covid-19.  The report also sets out performance against the measures of success published in the Council’s Corporate Plan.

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Information Governance Quarterly Update pdf icon PDF 279 KB

This report outlines the actions in progress to improve the Council’s policies, systems and processes for better Information Governance.



Redmond Review Update pdf icon PDF 235 KB

To update on the progress for the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Redmond Review and recommend the Council opts-in to the sector-led option for the appointment of external auditors from 1 April 2023.


Implementation of Audit Recommendations Tracker pdf icon PDF 165 KB

This report sets out a summary of those high and medium risk Internal Audit recommendations which remain outstanding together with an updated management response.

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Closing Financial Accounts Update pdf icon PDF 136 KB

This report updates the Committee on progress with the completion of the audit of the Council’s Final Accounts for 2019/20 as at 5th January 2022.


Draft Audit Planning Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 6 MB

This Draft Audit Plan summarises EY’s initial assessment of the key risks driving the development of an effective audit for the Council and outlines a planned audit strategy in response to those risks.


Housing Benefit & Council Tax Support Scheme - Risk Based Verification Policy 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 160 KB

This report proposes the continued use of the Council’s Risk Based Verification (RBV) process in 2022/23. 


Exclusion of Press and Public

At this point, if necessary, the following motion will be moved by the Chair:


“That, pursuant to Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) members of the press and public be excluded during consideration of the following item on the agenda, as it is likely that there would be disclosure of exempt information as defined in the relevant Paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of that Act”


Housing Benefit & Council Tax Support Scheme - Risk Based Verification Policy 2022/23 - Appendices

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