Assurance Risk and Audit

The purpose of Assurance Risk & Audit is to provide independent assurance, advice and guidance to the council’s officers, management and elected Members on the arrangements in place for governance, risk management and internal control.

Assurance Risk & Audit’s programme of work is set out in an annual risk based Internal Audit Plan. The plan is prepared in consultation with the senior managers of the organisation and is designed to provide assurance over the areas of highest risk to the council. The plan is approved annually by the Audit Committee, which then receives regular progress reports during the year on progress against the plan and a summary of the outcomes of Assurance Risk & Audit’s work.

Assurance Risk & Audit works in conformance with the mandatory Public Sector Internal Audit Standards (PSIAS) which apply to all public sector internal auditors in the UK.

Whilst the Assurance Risk & Audit team is part of Allerdale Borough Council, the Standards make it clear that Internal Audit work must be carried out independently and an Assurance, Risk and Audit Charter (document below) is in place to detail how this independence is maintained.

The work of Assurance Risk & Audit over the year allows the Assurance Risk & Audit Manager to form her annual audit opinion as required by the PSIAS. The opinion is set out within the annual internal audit report to Audit Committee which provides elected Members with assurance over the council’s arrangements for governance, risk management and internal control

The annual internal audit opinion is also a key contributor to the council’s Annual Governance Statement which brings together all the various sources of assurance across the Council. The Annual Governance Statement contains an action plan to address any significant governance issues arising from the various sources of assurance.

Assurance Risk & Audit adds value by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of governance, risk management and internal control processes.

Assurance Risk and Audit Team

Emma Thompson
Assurance, Risk and Audit Manager
Tel: 01900 702988

Paula McKenzie
Assurance, Risk and Audit Officer
Tel: 01900 702987

Downloadable Documents

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Adobe PDF format - download the viewerInternal Audit Charter 2017 in PDF format5341 Kb12 mins 43 secs @ 56k, 22 secs @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatAudit Strategy 17/18 in Word format236 Kb34 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb

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