The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 require the Council to “undertake an effective internal audit to evaluate the effectiveness of its risk management control and governance processes, taking into account public sector internal auditing standards or guidance.” In accordance with those standards, the Committee considered the Internal Audit – Annual Report 2020/21, which could be used to inform the governance statement.
With reference to the limited assurance around equalities and diversity, it was noted that this was partly due to a change in responsibility for the function within the council.
1. That the Audit Service’s 2020/21 year end performance information contained with the report, be noted; and
2. That the opinion on the overall adequacy and effectiveness of the Council’s internal control environment be noted.