Decision details

Application to join South West Audit Partnership

Decision Maker: Executive, Council

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Report to consider the application to join the South West Audit Partnership.


The Executive received the report which sought approval for the Council to apply to join the South West Audit Partnership (SWAP). Moving to join an established Audit Partnership would provide the Council and the small team with immediate access to a range of specialist skills, more up to date audit software and increased resilience to support for delivering the audit plan.


Particular reference was made to the resilience issues in the current team and the limited resources available to them, notably for counter fraud, for which the established company would provide additional support. Staff would be offered the opportunity to transfer, which would include same terms and conditions of employment. Staff would also benefit from additional training to support them in enhancing their skills.


Councillor M. Mitchell, as an opposition group leader enquired on the whether the Council would maintain control of its internal audit, the impact to Members, and the cost for joining the partnership.


An Executive Member enquired on the term broadly cost neutral, despite there being no additional financial implications.


The Director Finance in responding to questions raised by Members advised:-


·         that there would be no change to the internal audit which would continue to be reported to the Audit and Governance Committee and may be of a higher quality, using the SWAP audit reporting;

·         SWAP would support the development of the team and if required, bring in their own experienced staff; and

·         there was no cost to join the partnership.


RECOMMENDED that Council agree to apply to join the South West Audit Partnership from 1 April 2024.



Report author: David Hodgson

Publication date: 08/02/2024

Date of decision: 06/02/2024

Decided at meeting: 06/02/2024 - Executive

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