Standards and Audit Committee (Disbanded May, 2007)
Terms of Reference: The Standards and Audit Committee was disbanded in May 2007. It dealt with the following matters :- Standards - promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct by councillors and co-opted members; - assisting councillors and co-opted members to observe the National Code of Conduct and any Council Code of Conduct; - advising the Council on the adoption or revision of any Code of Conduct for councillors and co-opted members including training or arranging for training to be provided. The committee is also responsible for considering the following matters:- - any report by the Standards Commission for Scotland on any hearing held under the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000; - all matters concerning the establishment, maintenance and public availability of a register of interests that have been declared by members or employees of the authority including guidance for the assistance of members and employees on the registration of interests, gifts and hospitality; - the Council’s Code of Conduct for employees; - any protocol to guide members and officers in their relations with one another; - guidelines on standards of conduct required of agents and contractors acting for and on behalf of the Council; - the Council’s customer care and complaints policies; - the annual report of the Commissioner of Local Administration in Scotland; - any report by the Commissioner of Local Administration in Scotland of mal-administration against the Council; and - any report or recommendation made by Scottish Ministers or the Standards Commission for Scotland in respect of any breach of the National Code of Conduct by an elected member. Audit - reviewing with management the adequacy of the following matters:- - internal control systems; - policies and practices to ensure compliance with relevant statutes, directions, guidance and policies; - financial information presented to the Council; - risk assessment arrangements and procedures. - reviewing with management the Council’s financial statements, management letters or reports and compliance with codes of corporate governance; - ensuring that the internal audit function is properly resourced and has appropriate standing within the Council; - reviewing the activities of the internal audit function, including its annual work programme, co-ordination with the external auditors, the reports of significant investigations and the responses of management to specific recommendations; and - scrutinising and investigating any particular matter which the Committee consider requires further examination. Scrutiny and Performance Review The scrutiny and performance review functions of all committees are set out in paragraphs 3.6 and 3.8 of the Scheme of Administration..