Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Committee received the report on the Internal Audit work undertaken during the 2018/19 financial year, leading to the annual assurance opinion that overall controls were deemed to be effective within the Council. There had been four negative assurance opinions issued, however action was being taken to rectify the issues raised.
The Committee noted that there were some outstanding Audits expected to be completed during the current financial year, including Asset Management; an advisory Audit on the Council’s ICT Strategy; and the Waste Management Contract Audit being led by Surrey Heath Borough Council.
A new tracking system was being developed for actions arising from Internal Audit reports which was expected to be introduced shortly. If Managers were unable to implement an action arising from a report, a discussion would be held with Internal Audit to consider whether an alternative was required.
The Business Continuity Internal Audit report was stated to be in the process of being finalised, with a limited assurance opinion, and it was agreed that the report along with management actions would be added to the Work Programme for consideration by the Committee.
That the annual assurance opinion of the Head of Internal Audit over the control environment be noted.
Report author: James Graham
Publication date: 07/08/2019
Date of decision: 18/07/2019
Decided at meeting: 18/07/2019 - Standards and Audit Committee