Interesting - maybe…
Looking at the usefulness and relevance (or otherwise) of internal and external audit, it turns out that the cheap and cheerful (just tell you what you want to hear rather than what you NEED to hear) long standing internal auditor that has been used historically in the subject PC has presented a load of old tosh - just like previous years - except that this year, it was more closely examined, scrutinised and found to be (literally) not worth the paper it was written on. Hardly a surprise I suppose considering the chair didn’t even realise there had to be an internal audit (let alone that it should be a whole year process rather than a quick panic at AGAR time.)
Well, as if stating the incorrect audit references at the opening passage of the IA report wasn’t bad enough, and illustrative of someone that really doesn’t know their onions, the content was absolutely laughable in its implausibility.
So who is to blame - blame?
Is “blame” the right term?
Is it cllrs fault if they don’t know the regs or is it clerks fault if they don’t know how to do their job?
Interesting to review Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments public interest reports for the 20/21 FY: https://www.saaa.co.uk/reports.html
All bar 1 of the 29 PIRs for 20/21 FY refer to non submission of AGAR.
According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, in England in 2011 there were 9,946 parishes.
28 is 0.28% of 9946. Does it even matter then? Is it a problem worth worrying about??
Frankly, having seen what I have seen of the (lack of) quality of internal audit, difficulty in raising legitimate concerns with the external auditor and the general lack of public interest, I simply do not believe that so few PIRs genuinely reflects a situation where nothing significant is actually ‘wrong’ in the administration of PCs.
The 1 that ISN’T a non submission of AGAR report - you could pretty much cut & paste out the name of Kirby Muxloe Parish Council and paste in my PC name and nothing much else would need to change in the report….
I suspect, this would be more common than many (NALC / county ALCs) would like to admit…