The Internal Audit Manager introduced the Internal Audit Progress Report 2020/21. Appendix 1 provided a summary of the progress against the Internal Audit Annual Plan as at July 2021. She explained that, in terms of internal audit delivery, the work for 2020/21 had been significantly delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic but had largely been completed by the end of April 2021. She added that the annual opinion from internal audit had concluded that reasonable assurance over the systems of governance, risk management and internal control.
Members expressed their gratitude to Officers for the improvements shown in the report and asked for their thanks to be passed on.
RESOLVED – That:-
(1) the Head of Internal Audit’s opinion of reasonable assurance on the Council’s overall systems of governance, risk management and internal control for the year ended 31 March 2021 be noted;
(2) the progress achieved in 2020/21 in delivering the Audit Plan and the outcomes of completed audit reviews set out in Appendix 1 be noted;
(3) the Head of Internal Audit’s declaration of Internal Audit independence as required by the mandatory PSIAS be noted; and
(4) the Head of Internal Audit’s declaration of conformance with the mandatory PSIAS be noted.