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Audit Committee (Fire and Rescue)

The Audit Committee (the Committee) has been established to provide independent assurance to the Authority in accordance with the Financial Management Code of Practice. The role of the Audit Committee is to advise the PFCC according to good governance principles and to adopt appropriate risk management arrangements in accordance with proper practices and the associated control environment and to oversee the financial reporting process.

The Committee will operate in line with the principles of good governance as laid down by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Financial Management Code of Practice for the Police Service of England and Wales. The terms of reference of the Committee will be reviewed on an annual basis.

The Committee is an independent body and will seek assurance over the adequacy of the following:

  • The risk management and the internal control framework operated by the Chief Fire Officer.
  • The effectiveness of the governance arrangements.
  • The appointment, support and quality of the work of internal and external auditors as they provide assurance on risk management, internal controls and the annual accounts through their work.
  • Financial and non-financial performance to the extent that it affects the PFCC’s exposure to risk, weakens the control environment and undermines their ability to provide good value for money.
  • The financial reporting process.
  • The contract procedures rules, financial regulations and code of conduct and behaviour.

An overview of the Scheme of Governance (September 2022) is available via this link.

Minutes and Papers Open Close

Reference Date Subject
22 September 2023 22.9.23

20230922 ECFRS Audit Minutes – Part A – approved

06a. Internal Audit Update Including External Audit Actions

06b. Audit tracker

07a. Progress Report September 2023 EF

07b. Service Actions Post Grenfell Tower and Manchester Arena 2.23.24 FINAL EF

07c. Key Financial Controls – On-call Payments – Processes 1.23.24 FINAL EF

08. September 2023 – Essex Fire audit committee progress report – sector update

09. PFCCFRA SofG Sept 2023

10a. Audit Committee Report September 23

14. Single Tender Actions

18 a. AOB – Emergency services News Briefing Aug 23


16 June 2023 16.6.23

20230616 Minutes approved

5a. Internal Audit Report – Audit Committee

6a. Progress Report June 2023 EF

6b. Change Management 6.22.23 FINAL EF

6c. Efficiency and Cost Savings 7.22.23 FINAL EF

7. Annual Report 2022.23 EF

8a. Audit Committee Risk Report

12. External Audit Plan_Essex Fire – 2022.23

15c. Emergency services News Briefing May 23

15d. Emergency Services Risk Register Analysis PDF

15e. Using Your Strategic Risk Appetite (Final) Mch 23

25 May 2023 25.5.23

20230525 Approved Extraordinary ECFRS Audit Committee minutes

24 March 2023 24.3.23

20230324 Approved ECFRS Audit minutes- Part A

20230324 Audit Panel Minutes Final Approved

5a. Internal Audit Report March 23 – Audit Committee

5b. Internal audit tracker March 23

6a. Progress Report March 2023 EF redacted version


24 February 2023 24.2.23

20230224 Audit Panel Meeting Final Approved Minutes

03 February 2023 3.2.23

20230203 Additional Audit Committee Meeting Final Approved Minutes

16 December 2022 16.12.22

20221216 ECFRS Audit Committee Final Approved Minutes

23 September 2022 23.9.22

20220923 ECFRS Audit Committee Final Approved Minutes Part A

17 June 2022 17.6.22

APPROVED ECFRS Audit Minutes – 17 June 2022

18 March 2022 18.3.22

APPROVED ECFRS Audit Minutes – 18 March 2022

17 December 2021 17.12.21

APPROVED ECFRS Audit Minutes – 17 December 2021

24 September 2021 24.9.21

APPROVED ECFRS Audit Minutes – 24 September 2021

23 July 2021 23.7.21

APPROVED ECFRS Audit Minutes – 23 July 2021

25 June 2021 25.6.21

APPROVED ECFRS Audit Minutes 25 June 2021

26 March 2021 26.3.21

APPROVED ECFRS Audit Minutes – 26 March 2021

18 December 2020 18.12.20

20201218 Minutes approved

25 September 2020 25.9.20

20200925 Minutes approved

ECFRS Audit Committee 24.7.20

20200724 Minutes – approved

ECFRS Audit Committee 26.6.20

20200626 Minutes approved

ECFRS Audit Committee 20.3.20

20200320 Minutes approved

ECFRS Audit Committee 13.12.19

20191213 Minutes – approved

ECFRS Audit Committee 27.9.19

20190920 Minutes – approved

ECFRS Audit Committee 26.7.19

20190726 Minutes – approved

ECFRS Audit Committee 21.6.19

20190621 Minutes approved

ECFRS Audit Committee 15.12.17

ECFRS Audit Committee Minutes 20171215

3.a Risk Register

3.b Essex Fire Risk Register – Butterfly Report V4

4.a Progress Report December 2017 EF

4.b Fire – Progress Report on Internal Audit Recommendations

4.c Internal Audit Plan 2017.18 EF

4.d Internal Audit Plan 2018.19 EF

5.a Recruitment and Retention 2.17.18 FINAL EFA

6.0 Business Continuity – Operational Response 10.16.17 FINAL EFA

7.0 Programme 2020 4.17.18 REVISED DRAFT EF

ECFRS Audit Committee 6 April 2018 31.10.18

Fire Joint Audit Committee Meeting Part A 06.04.18 FINAL

ECFRS Audit Committee 10 July 2018 31.10.18

Fire Joint Audit Committee Meeting Part A 10.07.18.docx

ECFRS Audit Committee 27 July 2018 31.10.18

FRS Audit Committee Meeting 27.07.2018

ECFRS Audit Committee 28 September 2018 18.12.18

ECFRS Audit Committee Meeting 28.09.2018

Audit Committee December 2018 12.12.18

ECFRS Audit Committee Meeting 12.12.2018

Audit Committee March 2019 22.3.19

Fire Audit Committee Minutes 22.03.2019


PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB
01245 291600

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