Last year we held two events as part of our commitment to the continuous improvement of audit quality and effectiveness. The LAQF is intended to be a meeting place where all of the parties which have a role and an interest in local audit can share experiences and good practice. In particular we want to focus on the work of audit committees to help them play their critical and demanding roles effectively. It is suitable for those who are new to their roles with the committees that deal with audit business as well as those that are more experienced.
The theme of our third event was practical help for Audit Committees, including –
– what is it like being a new Audit Chair?;
– what are the challenges facing local Audit Committees?;
– what are the key issues to look for in your organisation’s accounts?;
– what can internal audit do to provide support?; and
– what support is available from CIPFA and the LGA?
There was also an update on the development of the NAO’s new Code of Audit Practice which prescribes the framework within which local auditors in England are required to carry out their statutory responsibilities. The new Code is expected to come into force no later than 1 April, 2020.
Confirmed speakers included: Giles McNeill, Governance and Audit Committee Chair, West Lindsey District Council; Diana Melville, Governance Advisor, CIPFA; Tim Watkinson, Principal Advisor, Local Government Association; Stephanie Donaldson, Group Chief Internal Auditor, Government Internal Audit Agency; Andrew Kendrick, Senior Manager, National Audit Office and Tony Crawley, PSAA Chief Executive.
The programme for the LAQF was held on 10 June 2019 at 18 Smith Square: Programme Schedule final