Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Peter Harrison, Internal Audit, introduced the Internal Audit Progress Report 2019/20. Appendix 1 to the report provided a summary of the progress against the Internal Audit Annual Plan as at September 2019.
Mr Harrison referred to staff resources issues within his team as raised at AUD/23 above, reiterating that an interim update on progress on implementation of previous internal audit recommendations would be reported to the Committee's December meeting, with an interim update being sent to Members in October 2019. He acknowledged slippage, however, recognised the need to ensure that the work was completed, assuring Members that the Plan would be delivered by the end of March 2020. The Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) informed Members that there had been no areas of concern in relation to progress on implementation of previous recommendations when the monitoring report had been presented to Committee by Council staff at the last meeting. She further reported that officers were making themselves available as necessary in order to assist in completing the schedule by the end of the financial year.
Mr Harrison presented an executive summary relating to the Assurance Review of Household Waste Collection. The audit report had resulted in an assessment of reasonable assurance, with two important and one routine action points having been identified. Concern was expressed with regard to Recommendation No.3 relating to fleet tracking data and speeding instances. The Director of Strategy, Innovation and Resources informed the Committee that once staff had been made aware that there was an emphasis on checking tracking data, there had been a reduction in these figures. This was continually being re-emphasised to staff, and he undertook to ensure that the concern raised by the Audit Committee was conveyed to managers and passed on to drivers.
RESOLVED – That the following be noted:-
(1) the progress achieved in 2019/20 in delivering the Audit Plan and the outcomes of completed audit reviews, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report; and
(2) the audit report, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report.
Publication date: 01/10/2019
Date of decision: 19/09/2019
Decided at meeting: 19/09/2019 - Audit Committee