Disbanded Committees Committee Diary

Standards & Audit Committee

CONTACT: ANDREW FERGUSON 03451 555555 EXT 442241


Terms of Reference


The terms of reference and functions of the Standards and Audit Committee are to deal with the following matters:-




  • promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct by councillors and co-opted members;
  • assisting councillors and co-opted members to observe the Councillors’ Code of Conduct and any Council Code of Conduct or Protocol;
  • 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 shall also be 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;
  • the annual report of the Scottish Information Commissioner on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2003;
  • an annual report on the performance of the Council under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2003; and
  • any report or recommendation made by Scottish Ministers or the Standards Commission for Scotland in respect of any breach of the Councillors’ Code of Conduct.


Audit and Risk Management


reviewing with management the adequacy and effectiveness 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 management arrangements and procedures;
  • arrangements for delivering value for money (best value);
  • anti-fraud arrangements;
  • anti-corruption arrangements including the Council’s whistle-blowing strategy.
  • reviewing with management the Council’s financial statements, external audit opinion and report to members, management letters or reports and compliance with codes of corporate governance;
  • ensuring that the internal audit and risk management division has adequate skills and resources to provide an effective internal audit and risk management function;
  • ensuring internal audit and risk management have appropriate standing within the Council;
  • reviewing the activities of the internal audit and risk management function including approving its overall strategy and annual work programme, reviewing the annual report against agreed actions and co-ordination with the external auditors and other inspection agencies.




In addition to the scrutiny role set out at paragraph 3.14 above, the Committee shall also scrutinise and investigate any particular matter referred to the Committee by any member of the Council and which the Committee consider requires further examination.

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