Decision details

Internal Audit Plan 2021/22

Decision Maker: Chief Executive Officer

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Having considered the report “2021/22 Internal Audit Plan”, which had been published on the Council’s website 5 clear working days ahead of the informal meeting of Audit Committee Members on 28 June 2021, and the views of the Members and External Members of the Audit Committee, the Chief Executive Officer agreed to approve the Internal Audit Plan for 2021/22 as set out at Appendix 1 of the report of the Head of Internal Audit considered at the informal meeting of the Audit Committee Members on 28 June 2021.

By whom: Richard Flinton, Chief Executive Officer, under his emergency delegated powers and after consultation with Members and External Members of the Audit Committee

Reasons for the decision:

Under his delegated decision making powers in the Officers’ Delegation Scheme in the Council’s Constitution, the Chief Executive Officer has power, in cases of emergency, to take any decision which could be taken by the Council, the Executive or a committee.

Following on from the expiry of the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the 2020 Regulations”), which allowed for committee meetings to be held remotely, the County Council resolved at its meeting on 5 May 2021 that, for the present time, in light of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic circumstances, remote live-broadcast committee meetings should continue as informal meetings of the committee members, with any formal decisions required being taken by the Chief Executive Officer under his emergency decision making powers and after consultation with other Officers and Members as appropriate and after taking into account any views of the relevant Committee Members. This approach is to be reviewed by full Council at its July meeting.

The Chief Executive Officer took all relevant information into account in exercising his emergency delegated powers in this matter, including considering the views of the Members and External Members of Audit Committee, to ensure that limited audit resources are prioritised towards those areas which are considered to be carry the most risk and/or which contribute the most to the achievement of the County Council’s strategic priorities and objectives. See: Agenda for Audit Committee on Monday, 28th June, 2021, 1.30 pm | North Yorkshire County Council

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 07/07/2021

Date of decision: 07/07/2021