Councillors Vote To Introduce Forensic Audits

The Town Hall

Councillors have voted to make regular, detailed reviews of how goods and services are being obtained and paid for.

The so-called ‘forensic audits’ are being introduced by the Policy and Resources committee, which is responsible for the Council’s finances.

Three members will now, on a regular basis, choose a selection of transactions and take a detailed look at areas like whether the proper process has been followed, and whether the actual services or goods have been delivered.

Cllr Christine Savill said this was something that P&R committee chairmen used to do many years ago. She added that any member has always had a right to examine any invoices. This was simply putting a process behind that.

Current chair, Cllr Amanda Martin, said a number of good practices had slipped and needed to go back “on the front burner.” This was just another way to encourage members to look at the budgets in more searching ways, she said.

And in response to a question from Cllr Dudley Mumford about the extra work burden on the committee, head of finance, Iain McCulloch assured members that the process should be fairly straightforward and his department would do most of the work to bring together the figures.

All they needed to do was choose the transactions to audit, he said.


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