To consider the attached report of the Head of Internal Audit
The Committee considered a report of the Head of Internal Audit which summarised the work of the Internal Audit team during the fourth quarter of 2019/2020 (January – March 2020). The Internal Audit team had been able to provide either substantial or adequate assurance over the effectiveness of risk management in all the audits completed during the study period with the exception of an audit of the Key Decision process within Adult Care and an audit of a primary school, both of which resulted in limited assurance audit opinions due to weaknesses in various internal controls that were identified. Action plans have been agreed with the appropriate managers to address all the issues identified in a timely manner. Furthermore, the Internal Audit team had completed 96% of their agreed Audit Plan which achieved the agreed target for the year.
The Counter Fraud Team had achieved £47,709 in identifying savings and overpayments during the fourth quarter of 2019/2020 (£220,467 for the year ended 31 March 2020), together with two sanctions comprising of two fines for fraud.
The submitted report enabled the Audit and Governance Committee, in accordance with their work programme and overall responsibility for governance, to scrutinise the Internal Audit team’s coverage during the fourth quarter of 2019/2020 of all Services within the Council. The work of Rochdale Borough Council’s Internal Audit team was governed by the UK Public Sector Internal Audit Standards.
That the report be noted.