DCC auditors' main findings
A summary of auditors' opinions on specific areas covered by the report
Leadership and Governance
Leadership and Management: Fundamental Weaknesses
Governors Responsibilities: Improvements Required
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Governance Processes: Improvements Required
Declarations of Interest: Improvements Required
Pay and Remuneration
Salary Review: Fundamental Weaknesses
Performance Management: Improvements Required
Recruitment and Appointment: Improvements Required
Staff Progression: Improvements Required
Staff Absence: Good Standard
Management Decisions: Improvements Required
Staff Remuneration: Improvements Required
Procurement: Good Standard
Expenses: Good Standard
Use of Resources
General: Improvements Required
Inventory: Improvements Required
Financial Processes: Good Standard
The risks identified are not being controlled and there is an increased likelihood that risks could occur. The matters arising from the audit are sufficiently significant to place doubt on the reliability of the procedures reviewed, to an extent that the objectives and/or resources of the council may be at risk, and the ability to deliver the service may be adversely affected. Implementation of the recommendations made is a priority.
In our opinion there are a number of instances where controls and procedures do not adequately mitigate the risks identified. Existing procedures need to be improved in order to ensure that they are fully reliable. Recommendations have been made to ensure that organisational objectives are not put at risk.
The systems and controls generally mitigate the risk identified but a few weaknesses have been identified and / or mitigating controls may not be fully applied. There are no significant matters arising from the audit and the recommendations made serve to strengthen what are mainly reliable procedures.
The system and controls in place adequately mitigate exposure to the risks identified. The system is being adhered to and substantial reliance can be placed upon the procedures in place. We have made only minor recommendations aimed at further enhancing already sound procedures.