Governance Committee - Tuesday, 10th January, 2023 6.30 pm

Venue: Barum Room - Brynsworthy. View directions

Contact: Corporate and Community Services  01271 388253

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No. Item


Apologies for absence


To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 15th November 2022 pdf icon PDF 260 KB


Items brought forward which in the opinion of the Chair should be considered by the meeting as a matter of urgency.


Declarations of Interests.

(Please complete the form provided at the meeting or telephone Corporate and Community Services to prepare a form for your signature before the meeting. Interests must be re-declared when the item is called, and Councillors must leave the room if necessary.)


To agree the agenda between Part 'A' and Part 'B' (Confidential Restricted Information).



Update on Planning Service

Head of Planning, Housing and Health to report.


Internal Audit Progress Report pdf icon PDF 844 KB

Report by Devon Audit Partnership (DAP) (attached)


External Audit Progress Report and Sector Update pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Report by Grant Thornton (attached)


Polling Places Designations pdf icon PDF 314 KB

Report by the Head of Governance (attached).


Additional documents:


Update on Governance Arrangements following Review of the Committee System pdf icon PDF 421 KB

Director of Resources and Deputy Chief Executive to report (appendix attached).



Audit Recommendation Tracker pdf icon PDF 302 KB

Report by the Chief Executive (attached)

Additional documents:


Work Programme 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 346 KB

To consider the Work Programme 2022-23 (attached).


Exclusion of Public and Press and Restriction of Documents



(a)       That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item as it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined by Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of the Schedule 12A of the Act (as amended from time to time), namely information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).


(b)       That all documents and reports relating to the item be confirmed as “Not for Publication”.

PART B (Confidential Restricted Information)


Corporate Risk Register

Report by the Head of Governance (attached)