Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Committee considered a report by Devon Audit Partnership regarding the Internal Audit progress report for 2021-22 (circulated previously).
The Committee was advised of the following in relation to the Internal Audit Progress Report 2021-22:
· There were 11 audits in the 2021-22 plan (as per appendix 1).
· The annual audit report would be presented for consideration in June 2022
· It was usual for 80-90% of audits to be of Reasonable assurance. Within this audit, one audit (Main Accounting System) had received Substantial Assurance, the remaining ten had received Reasonable Assurance.
· Devon Audit Partnership had been externally reviewed themselves, and achieved the highest available score.
· Works on Counter Fraud was ongoing to help identify risk and core controls, and assess risk management.
· DBS checks for officers could be considered.
· The two Reasonable Assurance reports, previously presented in draft, had now been agreed.
In response to a question from the Committee, the Director or Resources and Deputy Chief Executive advised that the ICT team were following National Protocol in relation to cyber security and that in addition £150,000 had been awarded to the authority to further improve security systems.
In response to questions from the Committee, the Audit Manager (PM) advised that:
· The Climate Change audit was the only one highlighted as red. The appointment of a Climate Officer (jointly with Torridge District Council) had resulted in progress, although, at the time of the audit, there was no strategy in place.
In response to questions from the Committee, the Head of Governance advised that:
· During Covid resources had been redirected to the processing of Covid-19 relief payments and grants which had resulted in reduced resources for debt recovery. The level of debt was higher than previously but expected to reduce.
In response to questions from the Committee, the Director or Resources and Deputy Chief Executive advised:
· The Car Parking Manager has been working with the software supplier to develop the system to enable the reports required by Audit to be created.
The Chief Executive advised that the logistics of providing the electrical infrastructure to the car parks was proving an issue due to the provision of electric charging points.
RESOLVED that the Internal Audit Progress report be noted.
Publication date: 03/05/2022
Date of decision: 08/03/2022
Decided at meeting: 08/03/2022 - Governance Committee