Audit review awards highest possible rating during progress inspection

Date published: 20 October 2020
Food safety

Food safety, environmental protection and enforcement practices at West Lindsey District Council have been given a High Assurance rating.

High Assurance ratings are awarded when activities monitored during reviews or assessments provide high level of confidence on areas such as service delivery arrangements, management of risks, and the operation of controls and performance. It also means the risk of the activities not achieving the desired objectives were seen as low.

Cllr John McNeill, Chairman of the Governance and Audit Committee at the Council has welcomed the news. He said: “We are always actively challenging ourselves to continually seek improvements here at West Lindsey. This is an important milestone to reach, and we should celebrate it, but we do not want to become complacent, which is why the biggest question for us now is – how do we improve further?

“I want to thank everybody who has worked so tirelessly and incredibly hard, not just while this review was going on, but over the past months and years and especially with the new challenges that COVID-19 has put in our way.

“To be rewarded as a collective, for that perseverance, hard work and vision, means we have been able to work through all the obstacles and difficulties that have and could still, come our way. Thank you to everyone for that.”

Auditors from Assurance Lincolnshire, conducted the latest progress report over a three-month period between June and September 2020. It is an update on the progress of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 plans and they were of the opinion that relevant improvements had been made since previous audits. Improvements included greater working practices and management oversight overall.

The findings have been published in a report and presented to the Governance and Audit Committee at the Council on 13 October 2020. The Committee is responsible for the internal audit programme, which changes each year. Internal audits are carried out regularly at the council which is important to ensure we continuously review our governance procedures.

The report was one of three internal audits carried out during the same period into practices and progress at West Lindsey, with the other two reports reviewing Housing Benefit Subsidy Testing, and Key Controls Testing and Creditors, which were awarded High Assurance and Substantial Assurance respectively.

See the full report here

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