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Audit, Governance & Standards Committee

15 November 2021

 

Interim Internal Audit & Assurance Report 2021/22

 

Final Decision-Maker

Audit, Governance & Standards Committee

Lead Head of Service

Rich Clarke, Head of Audit Partnership

Lead Officer and Report Author

Rich Clarke, Head of Audit Partnership

Classification

Public

Wards affected

All

 

Executive Summary

 

Summarising the work towards completing the 2021/22 Audit & Assurance Plan agreed by this Committee in March 2021. Also gives updates on changes within the Mid Kent Audit Partnership, including the imminent departure of the Head of Audit Partnership.

 

Purpose of Report

 

Noting

 

 

This report makes the following recommendation to this Committee:

1.   That work so far towards completing the 2021/22 Audit & Assurance Plan and updates on the Mid Kent Audit Partnership be noted.

 

 

Timetable

Meeting

Date

Audit, Governance & Standards Committee

15 November 2021



Interim Internal Audit & Assurance Report 2021/22

 

1.       CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES AND IMPLICATIONS

 

 

Issue

Implications

Sign-off

Impact on Corporate Priorities

The report is for noting only, providing to Members an update on progress. It seeks no new decisions and makes no new proposals.

Rich Clarke, Head of Audit Partnership.

 

4 November 2021

Cross Cutting Objectives

Risk Management

Financial

Remaining work will be completed within agreed budgets and within agreed staffing levels.

Staffing

Legal

The report is for noting only, providing to Members an update on progress. It seeks no new decisions and makes no new proposals.

Privacy and Data Protection

Equalities

Public Health

Crime and Disorder

Biodiversity and Climate Change

Procurement

The audit support contracts mentioned in the report are being progressed in consultation with the shared procurement service.

 

 

2. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

 

2.1     This Committee approved the 2021/22 Audit & Assurance plan earlier this year. This report summarises progress towards delivering the plan up to mid-October 2021, and sets out the path towards completing the plan over the next 6 months. It also provides updates on staffing within the service including the forthcoming departure of the Head of Audit Partnership.

 

2.2     The report confirms the current view of the Head of Audit Partnership that the service holds sufficient resource to accumulate enough evidence to support a year end opinion. The Head of Audit Partnership will update Senior Management and Members promptly should any concerns arise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.        PREFERRED OPTION AND REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

 

3.1     We present the report for Member information and for noting.

 

 

4.       CONSULTATION RESULTS AND PREVIOUS COMMITTEE FEEDBACK

 

4.1     The format and information presented in the report builds on Committee feedback to previous audit summary reports.

 

 

 

5.        REPORT APPENDICES

 

The following documents are to be published with this report and form part of the report:

         Appendix 1: Internal Audit Interim Report 2021/22

 

 

6.        BACKGROUND PAPERS

 

Various referenced background papers and guidance documents are included as hyperlinks within appendix 1.