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Anti-Fraud Service Progress Report - Shared Anti-Fraud Service (SAFS)

Decision Maker: Audit Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Shared Internal Audit Service (SIAS) submitted a report to the Committee detailing progress made by SIAS on: delivery of the Council’s 2017/18 Internal Audit Plan as at 8 January 2018; findings for the period 8 September 2017 to 8 January 2018; proposed amendments to the 2017/18 Audit Plan; status of audit recommendations and an update on performance management information as at 8 January 2017.


An update was provided on the KPI’s in the report. The Committee was informed that the Planned Day’s percentage had increased from 67% to 68%. Two further draft reports had been issued since the date the Committee papers had been published, i.e. Risk Management and Fees and Charges Benchmarking. The Planned Projects percentage thus increased from 52% to 58%.


The Committee was reminded of the service restructure and sickness absence as communicated at a previous Committee meeting. In spite of this, the overall performance was strong as Hertsmere had benefitted from significant resource being invested locally.  The authority was at the point where very nearly enough work had been completed to support the annual assurance opinion with two months of the financial year still to be completed. Resource would however need to be diverted to other authorities in the partnership to ensure consistency of outcomes for all SIAS partners.


The SIAS Audit Manager drew the attention of the Committee to the two high priority recommendations that remain partially implemented from the Business Continuity and Corporate Governance (Members serving on Outside Bodies) respectively.  These related to service continuity plans and business impact assessments, and provision of standing guidance and training / briefing to Members and Officers.


In reply to a question about training, Officers confirmed that they were looking at potential training packages provided by the Local Government Association (LGA) in partnership with the Institute of Directors (IoD). A one day course for Members was under development.  Officers had already been undertaking the IoD’s “Certificate in Company Direction” course with associated exams at a discounted rate, through another local authority.


RESOLVED that the information contained in the Shared Internal Audit Service progress report (A/18/02) be noted and the amendments to the Audit Plan be approved.

Publication date: 31/01/2018

Date of decision: 18/01/2018

Decided at meeting: 18/01/2018 - Audit Committee

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