To receive a report from South West Audit Partnership (SWAP).
The committee received the South West Audit Partnership (SWAP) report of Internal Audit activity plan progress report for the 2019/20 year. The plan progress reports provided an ongoing opinion to support the end of year annual opinion and also provided details of any significant risks that had been identified, along with the progress of mitigating previously identified significant risks by audit. It was reported that the ongoing audit opinion remained as reasonable and that there had been no significant risks identified in internal audit work in 2019/20 to date.
In response to a question it was noted that an audit on ethics and culture and separate audits of transformation were to take place during the next half of the year. In addition, the Executive Director of Corporate Development agreed to include an item on staff recruitment and retention on the agenda for the next meeting of the committee. He also noted that a staff engagement survey had been undertaken and as part of Organisational Development being undertaken, staff base line and monitoring was taking place. SWAP had also undertaken a survey of the effectiveness of communications with staff.