functions within the remit of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee
provide advice to the Council and the committees on the
effectiveness of the arrangements for the proper administration of
the Council’s financial affairs, including all relevant
strategies and plans.
approve the Annual Internal Audit risk based plan of
consider the Head of Internal Audit’s annual report and
opinion, and a summary of Internal Audit activity and the level of
assurance it can give over the Council’s corporate
governance, risk management and internal control
consider regular progress reports from Internal Audit on agreed
recommendations not implemented within a reasonable
consider the External Auditor’s annual letter, relevant
reports, and the report to those charged with
comment on the scope and depth of external audit work and to ensure
it gives value for money.
consider the arrangements for the appointment of the
Council’s Internal and External Auditors.
maintain an overview of the Council’s Constitution in respect
of contract procedure rules, financial regulations and codes of
conduct and behaviour.
review any issue referred to it by a Statutory Officer of the
Council or any Council body.
monitor the effective development and operation of risk management
and corporate governance in the Council.
monitor Council policies and strategies on
and Risk Management
monitor the corporate complaints process.
consider the Council’s arrangements for corporate governance
and agreeing necessary actions to ensure compliance with best
consider the Council’s compliance with its own and other
published standards and controls.
review the annual statement of accounts. Specifically, to consider
whether appropriate accounting policies have been followed and
whether there are concerns arising from the financial statements or
from the audit that need to be brought to the attention of the
review the Council’s Annual Governance Statement.
consider the External Auditor’s report to those charged with
governance on issues arising from the audit of the
prepare the annual overview and scrutiny work programme taking into account items put forward by
members and the Corporate Leadership Board ensuring that such items
relate to the Council’s functions and corporate
propose ‘place based’ or local scrutiny for issues
where a local investigative approach with a range of people or
organisations is an appropriate way
manage scrutiny resources efficiently and effectively so that the
outcomes of scrutiny are likely to lead to real improvements for
the people of Brentwood.
establish working groups (in line with agreed protocols) to
undertake the work programme, including
setting their terms of reference, the reporting arrangements, and
to co-ordinate and review the work of the working
receive reports and other evidence from organisations, individuals and partnerships which
the committee or working groups considers relevant to their
deal with those decisions that are subject to the Council’s
Call In Procedure for decisions made by committees.
deal with those issues raised through the ‘Councillor Call for Action’ scheme in line
with agreed protocols and procedures.
review matters of local community concern including partnerships
and services provided by ‘other’ organisations such as the National Health Service
and Essex County Council.
make reports or recommendations to Council or the policy committees
on matters which affect Brentwood or the inhabitants of
be responsible for scrutiny of the Council’s strategic and
budgetary framework and its implementation.
report annually to Council on the progress of the work programme and to make relevant
Call-ins should be reserved for exceptional
circumstances. Broadly, a decision can
be called-in when Councillors:
have evidence that it
may be contrary to the normal requirements for
have evidence that it
may be contrary to the Council’s agreed policy framework
lack reasonable and
significant information from the decision-taker to explain why it
Councillors wishing to call in a decision must complete a
Form of Request for Decision to be Called-In
For more information on the Scrutiny function in Local
Authorities, please visit www.cfps.org.uk