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Our audit process, and how to contact our external auditor

External Audit

Our auditors, Ernst & Young LLP, are appointed by the Audit Commission, the governing body for the audit and inspection of our financial records.

To get in touch with Ernst & Young LLP, please use the following contact details:

One Cambridge Business Park
Cowley Road

Telephone: 01223 394400

Internal Audit

We operate an Internal Audit Service through directly employing three members of staff, and contracted in services of the Head of Internal Audit for Eastern Internal Audit Services.

The Internal Audit Team’s main duty is to conduct internal audits, in compliance with the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards (PSIAS), of all areas of the Council, its services, functions, and Local Authority Trading Companies (LATCs) to provide management team and elected members with assurance over the risks and controls/mitigation in place to ensure processes, procedures and systems are being appropriately delivered, maintained and compliant with legislation and regulations.

Internal Audit are furthermore responsible for the administration and investigation of a range of proactive and reactive anti-fraud/corruption work and furthermore ensuring compliance with legislative and policy requirements, and will undertake appropriate action, including formal legal proceedings when appropriate in respect of Council Tax Support Fraud, Council Tax/National Non-Domestic Rates Fraud, Housing/Tenancy Fraud, Money Laundering offences as well as undertaking debtor/absconder tracing investigations to maximise income collection by the council. Please visit our Fraud page and Anti-money laundering page for more information.

Internal Audit also assist other departments of the Council with any ongoing projects, to ensure appropriate controls are implemented and best practices are communicated across services.

The council also has a separate Audit Committee that meets regularly to review reports from the Deputy Chief Executive, Internal Audit Team and External Auditor.