[To note the contents of the annual internal audit report.]
Peter Farrow, Head of Audit, presented the report on the annual internal audit opinion on the adequacy and effectiveness of the Council’s governance, risk management and internal control processes.
The Committee were advised that no limited assurance reports had been issued since the Committee last met on 23 March 2020. Four limited assurance reports had been issued throughout the year where directors had attended Audit and Risk Committee to discuss. A small number of audits had been underway or not yet started had to be put on hold as a result of Covid-19, but the aim was to complete these as and where appropriate over the coming months. It was agreed that Peter Farrow provide the external auditors with an update position statement on work completed on the key financial systems work.
Peter Farrow advised that further details would be provided on Lawnswood Campus at a later meeting as issues were still ongoing. It was agreed that training options for Modern Day Slavery would be looked into and the Black Lives Matter campaign be incorporated where appropriate.
“based on the work undertaken during the year, the implementation by management of the recommendations made and the assurance made available to the Council by other providers as well as directly by Internal Audit, Internal Audit can provide reasonable assurance that the Council has adequate and effective governance, risk management and internal control processes”.
That it be agreed that training options for Modern Day Slavery would be looked into and the Black Lives Matter campaign be incorporated.