Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Peter Harrison, Internal Audit, introduced the Internal Audit Progress Report 2018/19. The report provided a summary of the progress against the Internal Audit Annual Plan as at 20 November 2018.
Following the Internal Audit Plan’s approval by Committee in April 2018, five assurance reviews had been finalised and the report contained the executive summary of the one which had been completed since the last meeting, Business Continuity. It had been intended that three other reports would be presented to this meeting of the Committee and reasons for the delay were provided. These reports on Use of Agency, Interim and Casual Workers; Health and Safety – Property Risks; and Cyber Security, would now be presented to the Committee in April 2019. There had been no changes proposed to the Annual Plan, however, the proposed audit of additional DFG monies had been cancelled, as the Council had not drawn down any grant.
Mr Harrison presented the executive summary relating to the review of Business Continuity which had resulted in an assessment of substantial assurance, no action points having been identified. The overall conclusion was that the Council had robust Business Continuity arrangements in place to prevent or minimise the time that the public were separated from critical services. The Chairman commended the assessment of substantial assurance, as this was an area which had been of concern for a number of years.
Internal Audit had also assessed the extent to which previous internal audit recommendations had been implemented. The report showed that 16 recommendations were yet to be implemented. Nine were on target and there were seven in progress where the original target dates had not been met. 11 recommendations had been implemented and were now considered closed.
RESOLVED – That the following be noted:-
(1) the progress achieved in 2018/19 in delivering the Audit Plan and the outcomes of completed audit reviews, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report;
(2) the attached audit report, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report; and
(3) the status of outstanding recommendations contained within the follow up report, as set out in Appendix 3 to the report.
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Date of decision: 05/12/2018
Decided at meeting: 05/12/2018 - Audit Committee