General Purposes & Audit Committee
Wednesday, 7th October, 2020 5.00 pm

Venue: This meeting is held remotely; to view the meeting, please click here.

Contact: Michelle Ossei-Gerning
020 8726 6000 x84246  Email:

No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence from any members of the Committee.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 327 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 17 March 2020 as an accurate record.


Disclosure of Interests

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that it is a requirement to register disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and gifts and hospitality to the value of which exceeds £50 or multiple gifts and/or instances of hospitality with a cumulative value of £50 or more when received from a single donor within a rolling twelve month period. In addition, Members and co-opted Members are reminded that unless their disclosable pecuniary interest is registered on the register of interests or is the subject of a pending notification to the Monitoring Officer, they are required to disclose those disclosable pecuniary interests at the meeting. This should be done by completing the Disclosure of Interest form and handing it to the Democratic Services representative at the start of the meeting. The Chair will then invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3. Completed disclosure forms will be provided to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion on the Register of Members’ Interests.


Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.


Presentation on Renewing Croydon: The Plan

 [To Follow]


Croydon Finance Review - Phase 1 Report pdf icon PDF 1 MB

For Members to receive, consider and comment on the Croydon Finance Review – Phase 1 report and action plan.


Financial Performance Report pdf icon PDF 883 KB

This report updates Members on the Council’s financial outlook at the end of the first quarter of 2020/21.


Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy End of Year Review 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 712 KB

This report details the Council’s Treasury Management activities for the year 2019/2020 and demonstrates its compliance with the 2017 Prudential Code for Capital Finance.


Head of Internal Audit Annual Report pdf icon PDF 354 KB


This report details the work completed by Internal Audit in 2019/20 and the overall levels of assurance for the Council’s internal control environment to support the Annual Governance Statement (AGS).

Additional documents:


Annual Governance Statement 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 223 KB

This report details the Annual Governance Statement (AGS) for 2019/20. 

Additional documents:


Anti-Fraud Update Report pdf icon PDF 406 KB

This report details the performance of the Council’s Corporate Anti-Fraud Team (CAFT) and includes details of the team’s performance together with an update on developments during the period 1 April 2020 – 31 August 2020.


Internal Audit Review of Effectiveness pdf icon PDF 266 KB

This report details the Director of Finance, Investment & Risk (Section 151 Officer)’s review of the effectiveness of the Council’s internal audit.


Update on In-Year Appointments pdf icon PDF 126 KB

This report updates Members on a number of in-year appointments made by the Council Solicitor or the Scrutiny and Overview Committee under delegated powers since the last meeting of the Committee.


Exclusion of Public and Press

The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:


“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”


Part B