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Agenda item

Annual Review of the System of Internal Audit

Report of the Corporate Director of Resources / Treasurer to the Joint Committee.


The Audit and Fraud Manager stated that it was a requirement for the body that reviews the accounts to also have a review of the effectiveness of Internal Audit (for copy see file of minutes). 


Members noted that part of the role of Durham County Council’s Audit Committee was to scrutinise the performance and effectiveness of Internal Audit and had received a report at its meeting in June, a link to that report having been included in the agenda papers.  It was explained that this provided assurance to the Joint Committee that the work carried out by Internal Audit was in line with best practice and the latest PSIAS.  It was explained that as part of the standards there was a requirement for an external review every 5 years and this had been undertaken by Newcastle City Council in 2016 which concluded “that Durham County Council’s Internal Audit Service conforms to the requirements of the PSIAS”.


The Chairman thanked the Officers for their continued hard work and noted the assurance given to the Joint Committee.




That the information demonstrating the efficiency and effectiveness of the Durham        County Council Internal Audit Service be noted.


Supporting documents:


Democratic Services
Durham County Council
County Hall
County Durham
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