Internal Audit aims to enhance and protect organisational value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice and insight (IIA Mission Statement 2017).
The fundamental purpose, nature and scope of internal audit is defined in the Definition of Internal Auditing (IIA, 2017). It says, “Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organisation’s operations. It helps an organisation accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.”
Internal Audit works with services across the Council to make sure objectives are met and risks are well managed. They are also responsible for making sure alleged fraud and corruption is investigated and acted upon.
Further details regarding Internal Audit can be found in the Internal Audit Charter.
Internal Audit is a statutory requirement in Local Government as detailed in the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015. The law says that they must have free access to all relevant documents, records, information, personnel and explanations deemed necessary to carry out their work.
Telephone: 0118 937 2692
Address: Internal Audit Services, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU
Telephone: 0118 937 2143
Address: Corporate Investigations team, Reading Borough Council, Civic Centre, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU