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Responsibilities

The Standards and Audit Committee is responsible for:

  1. promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct by councillors and co-opted members in accordance with Sections 26-37 of the Localism Act 2011;
  2. assisting councillors and co-opted members to observe the Members' Code of Conduct;
  3. advising the Council on the adoption or revision of the Members' Code of Conduct;
  4. monitoring the operation of the Members' Code of Conduct;
  5. advising, training or arranging to train councillors and co-opted members on matters relating to the Members' Code of Conduct;
  6. determining allegations that there has been a breach of the Members' Code of Conduct in accordance with arrangements adopted by Council;
  7. act as the Council's Audit Committee. In performing this task the Standards and Audit Committee will:
  • approve the plans of Internal Audit and consider the External Audit plan;
  • receive the Annual Audit and Inspection letter from External Audit;

  • receive Internal Audit recommendations for improvements and assurance that action has been taken where necessary;

  • review summary Internal Audit reports (located on the intranet);

  • receive a half yearly and annual report from the Chief Internal Auditor on the work of Internal Audit;

  • receive appropriate matters of concern raised by either External or Internal Audit or other agencies; and

  • ensure that there are effective relationships between internal and external audit and promote the value of the audit process.

8. oversee the Council's Risk Management, Anti Fraud and Whistleblowing Strategies, and Health and Safety policies and practices;

9. the receipt of the Annual Governance Statement.

The Committee meets four times a year at the Civic Offices. All meetings of the Committee are open to members of public and are held at 7.00 p.m.

For further information, please contact Democratic Services on 01483 743863 or email memberservices@woking.gov.uk

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