The Committee received and considered the report from the Head of Internal Audit.
The Head of Internal Audit reported progress made between 26 November 2021 to 25 February 2022 in relation to the delivery of the revised Annual Internal Audit Plan for 2021/22.
The Head of Internal Audit reported that there had been three amendments made to the Internal Audit Plan since it had been approved in June 2021. Internal Audit had been instructed to carry out a formal investigation in relation to Health & Safety hazards as highlighted by the Chief Executive Officer in December 2021.
Councillor Wainwright asked who was ultimately responsible for this serious Health & Safety issue. The Head of Internal Audit reported that it had been recommended that the Council carried out regular estate inspections to identify any other significant H & S concerns and that further work was done to establish whether all issues and repair raised via the Love Clean Streets App were received and responded to by GYN.
The Chairman reported that valuable lessons had been learnt and moving forwards to ensure that this did not happen again.
The Head of Internal Audit highlighted that an assessment of counter fraud and corruption risks would be undertaken, with the Committee informed of the outcomes and an action plan put in place to respond to the risks identified. The Head of Internal Audit reported that a piece of work had been carried out across the Consortium and this issues affected all local authorities and not just Great Yarmouth. The Head of Internal Audit reported that she would provide regular updates to the Committee subsidised with regular follow-up reports.
That the Committee receive and note the progress being delivered against the Internal Audit Plan for 2021/22.