Agenda Template

Audit, Governance and Standards Committee MEETING


Date:       Monday 15 March 2021

Time:      6.30 p.m.

Venue:    Remote Meeting - The public proceedings of the meeting will be broadcast live and recorded for playback on the Maidstone Borough Council website



Councillors    Adkinson (Vice-Chairman), Brindle, Coulling (Parish Representative), Cox, Cuming, Daley, Fissenden, Harvey (Chairman), Perry, Round and Titchener (Parish Representative)


The Chairman will assume that all Members will read the reports before attending the meeting. Officers are asked to assume the same when introducing reports.



Page No.



1.        Apologies for Absence




2.        Notification of Substitute Members




3.        Urgent Items




4.        Notification of Visiting Members




5.        Disclosures by Members and Officers




6.        Disclosures of Lobbying




7.        To consider whether any items should be taken in private because of the possible disclosure of exempt information




8.        Minutes of the meeting held on 18 January 2021

1 - 11



9.        Question and answer session for members of the public (if any)




10.     Questions from Members to the Chairman (if any)




11.     Complaints Received under the Members' Code of Conduct

12 - 16



12.     Housing Benefit Subsidy Claim 2019-20

17 - 21



13.     Fraud & Compliance Team Update 2019/20

22 - 27



14.     Annual Risk Management Report

28 - 38



15.     Internal Audit & Assurance Report 2021/22

39 - 70



16.     External Auditor's Audit Plan 2020/21

71 - 97



17.     Budget Strategy - Risk Assessment Update

98 - 114




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