Lewes District Council
32 High Street
Tel: 01273 484156
Minicom 01273 484488
The Audit and Performance Division is part of the Finance Directorate. The Internal Audit Teamís primary role is to assess the effectiveness of the Councilís internal control environment.
The Corporate Performance Team co-ordinates the Councilís arrangements for corporate governance, risk management, performance management, strategic procurement and data quality.
The Internal Audit Team plays a critical role in supporting the work of the Audit Committee and key elements of the Councilís corporate governance arrangements. As an essential corporate service it provides assurance on the Councilís internal control environment, which in turn enables the citizens of Lewes District and other stakeholders to place trust in the Council. The Internal Audit Team continues to achieve best practice standards and is committed to further service improvements. I fully support the challenging targets that have been set in this service delivery plan for the coming years.
I am pleased to introduce this service plan for the coming years. The Corporate Performance Team provides advice and information to senior managers and elected members on a wide range of corporate governance, performance management, risk management, asset management and procurement issues. These issues are fundamental to the proper running of the Councilís affairs and help it to achieve its ambition of 'being recognised as an effective, caring low cost council'.
To be an assurance function that provides an independent and objective opinion on the Councilís control environment by evaluating its effectiveness in achieving corporate objectives.
|Service Objectives||Outcomes (desired/expected)|
|1) To provide an efficient and effective Internal Audit function which achieves its service standards, and improves performance where possible;
2) To deliver the Councilís Annual Audit Plan and Strategic Audit Plan.
|1) The Council is able to demonstrate an effective control environment with no significant control issues, and to make a satisfactory and unqualified declaration in its Annual Audit Management Letter for the relevant reporting year.|
To provide the guidance and tools needed to support efficient procurement, risk management, performance management, data quality and business planning arrangements within the council.
|Service Objectives||Outcomes (desired/expected)|
|To support the council to:
1 )maintain efficient and effective approaches to core business management processes (service and corporate planning, data quality, performance management and risk management);
2 ) achieve best practice in procurement and deliver cost and efficiency savings;
3 ) help ensure that the Council has a Code of Corporate Governance that is fit for purpose and meets best practice requirements.
|1) The Council can demonstrate that the achievement of its aims, objectives and priorities has been in accordance with sound business processes, minimising the potential risks and supporting accountability to the local community; |
2) The Council produces an annual Council plan and service plans and publishes them on the website;
3) The Councilís overall progress and performance can be assessed;
4) Performance data is produced and published in a range of formats;
5 The Council secures a satisfactory and unqualified declaration in its Annual Audit Management Letter for the relevant reporting year.
In addition to our Customer Charter we have adopted the following service standards that you can expect from us.
Under the General Public Sector Equality Duty (2010) we must :-
We carry out equality impact assessments (EIAs) for new or existing policies, strategies and services to see what effect they will have on different groups within our communities. This helps us to identify potential consequences for these groups and ensure any negative impacts are eliminated or reduced. They can also help us to identify actions to eliminate discrimination and promote positive relations between groups which are incorporated into our Departmental Service Plan.
Further information is available on our Equalities Policy and for copies of our Equality Impact Assessments.
As an internal support function, we are always looking to improve the services and support we provide to senior management, elected members and other service departments within the council. There are a number of factors which effect what we do both national and local. The main drivers for change likely to impact during 2011/12 are set out below:
We have reviewed progress on last yearís Service Plan. A summary is provided here.
Audit and Performance Ė Service Delivery/Improvement Plan 2010/11 (0.24mb)
Our detailed plans for the year ahead are set out below. Our service plan will be monitored and reviewed regularly and any new/future work programmed in accordingly;
Audit and Performance Ė Service Delivery/Improvement Plan 2011 Ė 2012 (0.05mb)
We are responsible for the production and updating of a number of strategies, policies and plans such as:-
Guide to Internal Audit (0.02mb)
Internal Audit Charter (0.06mb)