Benchmarking Analysis: Internal Audit in Local Government

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In this guide, CIPFA lifts the lid on its successful Audit Benchmarking Club and provides valuable insight into the current state of local government internal audit services across the UK.

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As local authorities are forced to make difficult decisions about where to cut costs, the need to maintain robust processes and to remain fully accountable for public funds is greater than ever. This is where the internal audit function fulfils a vital role.

But auditors themselves must also strive continuously to ensure that their work represents value for money. They must deliver a high-quality service that meets the needs of their organisations. And they must do this in an environment that is challenging both financially and operationally.

The guide outlines trends in the provision of internal audit services, analyses the cost, scope and staffing of the internal audit function and explores the key challenges for auditors now and in the future. It allows organisations to understand not just how their internal audit functions are performing, but also how well they are doing in comparison with their peers.

This guide is essential reading for local authority finance directors, heads of internal audit and audit committee members. If you are already a member of CIPFA’s Audit Benchmarking Club, it will raise your awareness of the bigger picture in which internal audit operates. And if you are not, then it might just convince you to sign up. Find out more here.

In these times of austerity and budget pressures, we all need to be at the very top of our game. In this highly readable guide, CIPFA draws on its unrivalled evidence base to show what local authorities have already achieved and how you can learn from their success.

This publication is available in hard copy and online.

The digital, online version is available as both searchable HTML and a bookmarked downloadable PDF of the publication that can be shared throughout your organisation. Customers will need to register and login to CIPFA’s website to access the publication.

Details of licensing arrangements for other categories of purchaser, which includes those organisations operating shared service arrangements, are available from CIPFA’s Publications Department.

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