Issue - meetings

Internal Audit Progress Report

Meeting: 27/01/2021 - Audit Committee (Item 25)

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That the report be accepted.


The Internal Audit Manager presented the regular report showing progress against the Plan, final reports issued, action tracking, performance indicators and current investigations.


Since the last report, there were no Red (limited assurance) reports and only one Amber Red (some assurance) report relating to the Use of Self-Service Collaborative Planning System.  An update was also given on movements within the Internal Audit team as set out in the report.


Allan Rainford raised concerns about the number of overdue actions.  He accepted the officers’ explanations about the impact from the emergency situation and reassurances that the position was being closely monitored and would be escalated if required.


The Chief Executive responded to wider issues on Planning raised by Councillor Heesom and said that the forthcoming Overview & Scrutiny report on Planning Enforcement would be circulated to the Committee.


Sally Ellis sought clarification on the current position with school funds on which the Internal Audit Manager agreed to share an update once assessments had been completed.


On school balances, the Chief Executive spoke about the recommendation for the 2021/22 budget to provide a significant uplift to secondary school budgets to help improve the school deficits position.


In highlighting the importance of maintaining the curriculum, Councillor Roberts spoke about the factors affecting school balances and gave assurance that Education colleagues worked closely with schools on deficit balances.


The recommendation was moved by Councillor Johnson and seconded by Allan Rainford.




That the report be accepted.