The report and appendices are attached.
Paul Clarke (Internal Audit Manager, Delivery Lead) advised that the report set out the proposed Internal Audit Plan for 2021/22. He advised that this was a risk-based Plan which sought to establish links with the Strategic Risk Register.
Paul Clarke reported that consultation across service areas had informed development of the Audit Plan, identifying areas of risk and organisational change. The outcome was a Plan which provided a breadth of coverage and depth where required.
Paul Clarke reported that the consultation had shown that some Council services (particularly Public Health and Customer Services) remained significantly impacted by the response to COVID-19. As a result, he advised that adjustments to the Plan may be required later in the year; the Committee would be notified of any proposed changes.
The Audit Charter, also included within this report, had been approved by the Committee in July 2020 and brought forward unamended to enable comments to be received.
The Chair praised the quality of the Plan, which was supported by the Committee.
That the Committee:
a) Endorses the proposed Internal Audit Plan for 2021-22 2; and
b) Confirms its continued endorsement of the Audit Charter.