“Significant improvements” are still needed to bring the running of the council up to standard more than a year after it fell victim to a £2 million fraud.
Barnet Council’s internal audit team could only give a ‘limited assurance’ that risks to the council were being adequately managed in 2018-19 – the same overall rating as the previous year.
Despite some improvements, the internal audit team said there were still weaknesses in the council’s framework of governance, risk management and control which “put the achievement of the organisation’s objectives at risk”.
The findings sparked a debate at an audit committee about whether the council was being given enough scrutiny – particularly in light of a recent move to limit questions from members of the public.
Committee members also raised concerns about how the council could ensure the culture of firms providing outsourced services was up to standard.