To provide members with the position on the progress made by management in implementing agreed Internal Audit recommendations as at 31 March 2020 (report of the Internal Audit Manager enclosed).
Consideration was given to the report of the Internal Audit Manager, which provided members with the position on the progress made by management in implementing agreed Internal Audit recommendations as at 31 March 2020.
In 2017/18, a total of 85 recommendations were raised by both internal audit providers. Of those, 81 had been implemented by management, four were outstanding (one urgent and three important). The management responses in relation to the outstanding urgent and important outstanding recommendations could be seen at Appendix 2 of the report.
In 2018/19, a total of 76 recommendations were raised by both internal audit providers. Of those, 62 had been completed and 14 (two urgent, seven important and five needing attention) were overdue. The management responses in relation to the outstanding important recommendations could be seen at Appendix 3 of the report.
In 2019/20, a total of 71 recommendations had been so far raised. Of these, 39 had been completed, nine were outstanding (two urgent, three important and four needing attention). A total of 23 were not yet due.
The information within the report was considered, and the following issues were raised:
· Historic (from 2017/18) and urgent recommendations had to be dealt with and these were of significant risk to the Council.
· Issues from the past two years had to be dealt with. Although the additional pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic were significant, this should not be a reason for outstanding recommendations not being addressed.
· With regard to the financial audits, the outstanding items had to be resolved, and officers advised that this should happen as a result of the new system implementation. Committee members advised that if this was still overdue by the next meeting, that an officer from PSPS be invited to attend.
· Officers stated that although there were a number of outstanding recommendations, a lot of positive work was being undertaken to progress these. There had already been some impact, specifically around system implementations- future reporting to the Committee would demonstrate that significant progress was being made.
a) That the information detailed within the report be noted; and
b) That should improvements in progress not be seen with regard to outstanding recommendations, officers be asked to attend the meeting to provide an update.