Governance Committee - Monday, 25th September, 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 13th June 2023 pdf icon PDF 291 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).



Quarterly Update on Planning Processing Times pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Report by the Service Manager (Development Management) (attached).



Attendance at Councillor training pdf icon PDF 200 KB

Report by the Senior Solicitor and Monitoring Officer (attached).



Update report on the Conduct of Fraud Investigations pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Report by the Senior Solicitor and Monitoring Officer (attached).



Polling District and Places Review 2023 pdf icon PDF 326 KB

Report by the Elections Officer (attached).



Review of Authority’s spend on Agency Staff pdf icon PDF 390 KB

Report by the Director of Resources and Deputy Chief Executive, and Head of Organisational Development (attached).



Half Yearly Report of the Chair of the Governance Committee pdf icon PDF 323 KB

Report by the Chair (attached).



Internal Audit Progress Report 2023-24 pdf icon PDF 497 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).



Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Letter pdf icon PDF 111 KB

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Letter (attached).


Audit Recommendation Tracker pdf icon PDF 192 KB

Report by the Chief Executive (attached).


Additional documents:


Work Programme 2023 - 2024 pdf icon PDF 350 KB

To consider the Work Programme 2023 – 2024 (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).