West Berkshire Council


Venue: Council Chamber Council Offices Market Street Newbury

Contact: Moira Fraser/Stephen Chard 

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To receive apologies for inability to attend the meeting (if any).


Minutes pdf icon PDF 271 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of this Committee held on 1 February 2021.


Declarations of Interest

To remind Members of the need to record the existence and nature of any personal, disclosable pecuniary or other registrable interests in items on the agenda, in accordance with the Members’ Code of Conduct.


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Purpose: To consider the Forward Plan for the next 12 months.

Standards Matters


Monitoring Officer's Annual Report to the Governance and Ethics Committee - 2020/21 (C3992) pdf icon PDF 438 KB

Purpose: To provide an update on local and national issues relating to ethical standards and to bring to the attention of Members any complaints or other problems within West Berkshire.

Governance Matters


Update Report - Review of the effectiveness of the Governance and Ethics Committee (GE4032) pdf icon PDF 243 KB

Purpose: At the Governance and Ethics Committee on 16th November 2020, a paper was presented which set out an Action Plan to address the recommendations made in the Internal Audit report covering the review of the effectiveness of the Governance and Ethics Committee.  Members requested some minor amendments and further detail for some aspects of the Action Plan, this report provides the further details and amended documents.

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Revised Audit Findings for West Berkshire Council - Financial Year Ended 31 March 2020 (GE3934a) pdf icon PDF 242 KB

Purpose: This report provides Members with the revised draft audit findings report provided by Grant Thornton in respect of their external review of the 2019/20 Financial Statements.

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Local Code of Corporate Governance (GE3955) pdf icon PDF 387 KB

Purpose: To provide a Code of Corporate Governance to the Governance & Ethics Committee to approve. The code is part of the overall system of internal control at the Council and supports the provision of the Annual Governance Statement (AGS) which is approved annually by the Governance and Ethics Committee.


Risk Management Strategy 2021-2024 (EX3952) pdf icon PDF 705 KB

Purpose: To set out the overarching framework for managing risk at the Council, the Council’s risk appetite and the risk management objectives for the next three years.

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Internal Audit Update Report (GE3894) pdf icon PDF 260 KB

Purpose: To update the Committee on the outcome of Internal Audit work carried out during quarter three of 2020/21.

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Internal Audit Plan 2021-2024 (GE3895) pdf icon PDF 237 KB

Purpose: This report sets out the proposed Internal Audit Work for the three year period from 2021/22 to 2023/24.

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Update on progress with Constitution Review (GE3986) pdf icon PDF 249 KB

Purpose: To provide the Governance and Ethics Committee with an update on progress being made with the review of the Constitution.

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