To consider report 114/10 of the audit manager.
The committee considered report 114/10 of the audit manager. This summarised the outcome of recent internal audit activity. Since the committee’s last meeting, internal audit had completed four audits and one follow-up audit.
White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre 2010/11
The committee noted that the contract manager had agreed to internal audit’s recommendations. However, councillors noted that the audit had established that not all leisure centre staff had criminal records bureau checks. Since the audit, the contractor had checked all staff. Councillors recognised that the council had a reputational risk but questioned whether the legal responsibilities for the checks lay with the council or the contractor. The audit manager agreed to investigate this and report in the follow-up audit.
Health and Safety 2010/11
The committee noted that the health and safety adviser had agreed to internal audit’s recommendations.
Handling of postal cash and cheques 2010/11
The committee noted that the facilities manager had agreed internal audit’s recommendations. Since the last meeting when the committee expressed concern at the number of staff opening post and accounting for any cash and cheques received, councillors noted that a survey of the services areas found that the only area of concern was the general post room where only one member of staff opened the post. The head of service had agreed that for a trial period, until the council reviewed the local services point function, two staff members would open the post to overcome the committee’s concerns.
RESOLVED: To note the report.