To detail the approach proposed for Internal Audit Services at South Holland District Council from 1 October 2022 (report of the Assistant Director – Finance enclosed).
Consideration was given to the report of the Assistant Director – Finance, which detailed the approach proposed for Internal Audit Services at South Holland District Council from 1 October 2022.
That the appointment of Assurance Lincolnshire as the Council’s Internal auditors, with effect from 1 October 2022, be approved.
(Other options considered:
· Continue contract with Eastern Internal Audit Services – this is not possible as formal notice has been served on the Council by the consortium.
· Undertake a market procurement process – this is a viable proposal but there are costs and officer time that would be incurred and no evidence that the market will respond positively. The proposal set out in the report enables a cost efficient and seamless transfer to a local authority hosted service that has a track record of providing a quality service to a range of other local authority customers, including Boston Borough Council and East Lindsey District Council.
Reasons for decision:
· To build resilience into the internal audit service and allow a greater consistency in approach across the Partnership in order to ensure ongoing conformity with the professional standards).