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Internal Audit Annual Report and Opinion 2021-2022

Meeting: 01/06/2022 - Governance Committee (Item 7)

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To receive and consider the report of the Service Lead for Audit and Risk.

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Minutes:

Dawn Highton, Service Lead for Audit and Risk presented the report which summarises the work undertaken by the Internal Audit Service during 2021/2022 and gives an opinion as required by the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards (PSIAS) on the adequacy and effectiveness of the Council’s framework of governance, risk management and control. The report also includes the results of the Quality Assurance and Improvement Programme.

 

Based on the work undertaken and evidence available to Internal Audit including other sources of assurance, it is considered that the overall adequacy and effectiveness of the Council’s governance, risk management and control processes are adequate.

 

The key performance data for the Internal Audit Service during 2021-2022 demonstrates that the majority of performance indicators have either been achieved or exceeded. There are two indicators which are slightly below target:

·         % of planned time used – this is due to the issues experienced over the course of the year with recruitment and retention of officers;

·         % of agreed actions implemented by management, which is below target.

 

The committee discussed the audit opinion and the systems used to provide the audit ratings. In response to queries regarding management actions, Members were reassured that because of criticality of some of the actions identified, short timescales were assigned to these and they have now been implemented.

 

Following queries in relation to staffing issues, Members were advised that there was currently a shortage of Internal Auditors nationally and so the council would be recruiting a trainee auditor over the summer to be in post by September. There would be a full training package delivered to ensure they become fully qualified as soon as possible.

 

Resolved - That the report be noted.