Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Reading

Contact: Michael Popham - Democratic Services Manager  Email:

Link: Link to watch meeting

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Declarations of Interest


Minutes of the Previous Meeting held on 20 July 2023 pdf icon PDF 126 KB




External Auditor Update pdf icon PDF 143 KB

A representative from the Council’s External Auditor EY will present their draft Audit Results Report for the 2020/21 financial statements and provide an update with regard to planning for the audit of the following year’s statements.

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Closing Financial Accounts Update pdf icon PDF 142 KB

This report provides an update on the audit of the Council’s Final Accounts for 2020/21 and seeks approval for them to be signed off by the Director of Finance, in consultation with the Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee.


Going Concern Assessment 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 180 KB

This report provides the Director of Finance’s assessment of the Council’s “Going Concern” status for the purpose of the Statement of Accounts 2020/21.

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Internal Audit Quarterly Progress Report pdf icon PDF 147 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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Direct Payments: Response to Internal Audit Recommendations pdf icon PDF 158 KB

To provide a response to an internal audit of Direct Payments, which identified some process weaknesses and made a series of recommendations to improve the service.


CIPFA Practical Guidance for Local Authorities on Audit Committees pdf icon PDF 197 KB

To consider the key points arising from the CIPFA Audit Committees: practical guidance for local authorities and police and the revised Audit & Governance Committee’s terms of reference, prior to their onward submission to Council for approval.

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Review of Constitution: Contract Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 125 KB

To consider the proposed updates to the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules and recommend their adoption by Council.

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Strategic Risk Register 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 184 KB

This report provides the latest update on the Strategic Risk Register 2023/24.


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Treasury Management Review Quarter 1 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 270 KB

This report provides an update on the activity of the Treasury Management function for the period 1st April 2023 to 30th June 2023.



2023/24 Quarter 1 Performance and Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 495 KB

This report sets out the projected revenue and capital outturn positions for 2023/24 for both the General Fund and Housing Revenue Accounts as at the end of Quarter 1. The reportalso setsout performanceagainst themeasures of success published in the Council’s Corporate Plan.


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Implementation of the New Finance System - Progress Update pdf icon PDF 238 KB

To receive a report providing an update on the implementation of the new Finance System.



Annual Governance Statement 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To receive a report on the draft Annual Governance Statement for 2022/23 for publication with the Council’s accounts.

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Information Governance Quarterly Update pdf icon PDF 164 KB

This report provides an update on the actions in progress to improve the Council’s policies, systems and processes around Information Governance.