Audit at North Lincolnshire Council

Find out how the council audits and safeguards public funds and assets.

Internal audit

Internal audit is responsible for providing assurance that adequate controls are in place across the council to safeguard public funds and assets. Each year, based on the work carried out, internal audit provides an independent and objective opinion to the council on its effectiveness in achieving the council’s key priorities.

The Assurance Team are also responsible for managing the risk of fraud and corruption and for conducting investigations into allegations of fraud and financial irregularity. The council’s anti-fraud and corruption strategy, supporting polices and details on how to report fraud can be found on our fraud and corruption page.

The council is committed to good corporate governance arrangements. The basic principles are that we must carry out our functions in a way that demonstrates accountability, effectiveness, integrity, inclusiveness and are up to date. In April 2016 the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Society of Local Government Chief Executives (SOLACE) issued their document “Delivering Good Governance in Local Government: a Framework”. This document defines the principles that should underpin the governance of each local government organisation.

Code of corporate governance

The Code of Corporate Governance 2023 has been updated using the principles contained in the Framework. The Code is a public statement of our commitment to the principles of good corporate governance.  It sets out the way we will meet the principles outlined in the Framework.

Annual governance statement

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 require us to publish with its accounts an annual governance statement (AGS). The AGS must accompany the final accounts. The AGS sets out our governance framework and the results of the annual review of the our governance arrangements.

The Annual Governance Statement 2021-22 [PDF, 528Kb] shows that we have well-established governance arrangements that are monitored and reviewed on a regular basis. Changes and enhancements described in the AGS demonstrate our commitment to continual improvement. Governance issues requiring further development are also identified in the AGS.