Council meetings

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Civic Suite, Lewisham Town Hall, London SE6 4RU

Contact: Olga Cole 

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Election of Chair and Vice Chair pdf icon PDF 19 KB


Councillor Rathbone was elected as Chair of the Panel.

Nominations for Vice Chair are postponed until the next meeting.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 8 KB

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Grant Thornton Housing Benefit Item:


Panel Members noted that the sentence on the Council’s response to financial challenges, Brexit and political uncertainties, did not pertain to the report in question.


LBL Value for Money Report:

Under “Resolved”, the word “opinion” be amended to “conclusion”.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 26 March 2018 be agreed as an accurate record.



Declaration of Interests pdf icon PDF 208 KB


No interests were declared


Oracle Cloud Update pdf icon PDF 195 KB


Action: the Director of Financial Services and Programme Manager are to update the Panel on the progression of the system after the system has gone live, at the next Panel meeting.



Pre-audit Statement of Accounts 2018-19 and Annual Governance Statement pdf icon PDF 145 KB

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Action: The completed Audit Statement of Accounts will be itemised at the September meeting by the clerk.


RESOLVED the Panel noted that the Authority will not meet the 31 July 2019 reporting deadline and that the concerns were raised in respect of the quality of financial reporting. One reason for this is under resourcing in the Finance Department. The Panel recommend that the Public Accounts Committee give consideration to the level of resourcing in the team with a view to increase the resource available


Audit Draft Findings 2018-2019 pdf icon PDF 104 KB

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RESOLVED for due diligence reasons, the Panel asked that Grant Thornton prepare to speak and share their official response to the FRC’s report at the September meeting.



Internal Audit Update pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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Action: the Chair asked that the Annual Counter Fraud update be put on the agenda as a standard item rather than an appendix. The clerk will ensure this is an item for the July meetings.