Internal audit is responsible for providing assurance to the Director of Governance and Partnerships, the Audit Committee and senior managers 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 councils’ 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’s external auditors are KPMG.
Their statutory responsibilities and powers are set out in the Audit Commission Act 1998, the Local Government Act 1999 and the Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice.
Their role is to review and report on our:
- financial statement (including the Annual Governance Statement) providing an opinion on the accounts
- use of resources; concluding on the arrangements in place for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the use of resources (the value for money conclusion)
External audit also ensure (large) grants received from central Government have been spent properly.