Agenda

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Temporary Appointments

2.

Declaration of Interests - see guidance note

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 245 KB

To approve the minutes of the last meeting.

4.

Petitions and Public Address

5.

Local Government Ombudsman's Review of Oxfordshire County Council pdf icon PDF 55 KB

Each year, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) issues an Annual Review Report about each council. This relates to the complaints made to the LGSCO about the Council in the previous financial year. This report updates the Committee on this area of governance for the year 2021/22, reflecting on those complaints that were considered by the LGSCO up to March 2022.

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Monitoring Officer Annual Report pdf icon PDF 325 KB

This report gives an overview from the Monitoring Officer of democratic and ethical governance activity, during the year 2021/22, in relation to the functions of the Committee. The report reflects on the implications of the pandemic for democratic decision making, the occurrence of code of conduct complaints and other member-related matters.

7.

Draft Statement of Accounts 2021/22 (report to follow)

8.

Review of the Financial Regulations - proposed changes to the Capital section' pdf icon PDF 211 KB

The Council is required, under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, to follow proper accounting practices and to secure best value.  All officers and members have a duty to abide by the highest standards of probity in dealing with financial issues.

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Constitution Working Group pdf icon PDF 204 KB

Report by Director of Law and Governance

 

The Committee is RECOMMENDED:

 

(a)            To agree that the Cross Party Constitution Working Group that it established on 15 September 2021 should continue its work;

(b)            To agree that the Constitution Working Group should continue to comprise 3 Liberal Democrat – Green Alliance members, 3 Labour members, 2 Conservative members and 1 Independent member; and

(c)             To ask the Constitution Working Group to produce a report with further recommendations for amendment of the Council’s Constitution for the Committee’s consideration.

 

10.

Surveillance Commissioner's Inspection and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act pdf icon PDF 219 KB

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 ('the Act') creates a legal framework within which public bodies can lawfully carry out covert information gathering activities. Codes of Practice under the Act require that elected members review the Authority’s use of activities within the scope of the Act periodically and review the Authority’s Policy annually. This report provides a summary of the covert activities undertaken by the council between April 2021 and March 2022 for review by the committee.

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11.

Ernst & Young - verbal update pdf icon PDF 2 MB

A verbal update from Ernst and Young representatives including Oxfordshire County Council Pension Fund Audit Results Report.

12.

Internal Audit Plan - Progress Report pdf icon PDF 484 KB

This report provides an update on the Internal Audit Service, including resources, completed and planned audits.

13.

Treasury Management Strategy Performance Report pdf icon PDF 339 KB

This report covers the treasury management activity for the first quarter of 2022/23 in compliance with the CIPFA Code of Practice on Treasury Management 2021.  It provides an update on the anticipated position and prudential indicators set out in the Treasury Management Strategy Statement & Annual Investment Strategy for 2022/23 agreed as part of the council’s budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy in February 2022

14.

Annual Report of Health & Safety pdf icon PDF 213 KB

This annual report contains information about the work of the Corporate Health and Safety Team, the Council’s health and safety performance over the year 2021/22 and its plans for 2022/23.

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Risk Management pdf icon PDF 206 KB

This paper provides an update on Oxfordshire County Council’s risk management strategy, training completed so far and revised strategic risk register.  

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