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Council criticised over audits

PUBLISHED: 10:55 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:00 05 July 2010

A district council has come under fire for the way it carries out internal audits of its work.

An investigation by Waveney District Council's external auditor has highlighted a series of failings, which officers have pledged to address.

A district council has come under fire for the way it carries out internal audits of its work.

An investigation by Waveney District Council's external auditor has highlighted a series of failings, which officers have pledged to address.

Among the issues raised were files not complying with international standards of auditing, audits not covering long enough time periods and significant threats to the independence of reports because recommendations are not based on findings and are instead drawn up following discussions with service managers.

The external auditor's official report has yet to be published officially, but the council's director of resources, Alan McFarlane, admitted it would be poor.

The council has now recruited an experienced interim chief internal auditor who is to carry out a review of processes.


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