Ethical governance in England and role of Audit Commission. Alison Kelly, Senior Manager, Governance and Counter Fraud Practice. Introduction …. Audit Commission – what we are and what we do Context for our work – CSPL/SBE Our methodologies and tools Our impact. Audit Commission.
Alison Kelly, Senior Manager,
Governance and Counter Fraud Practice
TOWN HALLAudit Commission
public bodies to deliver better value for money.
the quality of
data and the use
Improvement in public
services so they
meet the changing needs of diverse communities and provide fair access for all.
Strategic plan – ‘We will make available a range of tools , information and expertise, including self-assessment tools, to help local bodies achieve high standards of governance and proper conduct.’
To promote high standards of governance and accountability.
Ensuring the organisation (or partnership) is doing the right things, in the right way, for the right people, in an open, honest, inclusive and timely manner
Everyone in organisation has role to play
Established by Prime Minister October 1994 to:
Not charged with examining individual issues of misconduct
Principles of public life
Codes of Conduct
R31: All local authorities should consider using the Audit Commission/Standards Board Ethical Governance Audit tool and facilitated workshop to self-assess their arrangements for ensuring ethical standards
R35: The boards of all public bodies should commit themselves to the adoption and use of the Audit Commission’s self assessment tool, Changing Organisational Culture Audit, which is especially designed to help embed a good conduct culture
Good Governance Standard
Changing Organisational CulturesRaises fraud awareness within an organisation through a survey and workshops.
Your Business @ RiskReviews an organisation’s exposure to IT risk through a survey for all staff.
Ethical Governance Diagnostic
diagnostic. It is helping to drive up standards across
local government. It tackles some extremely sensitive
issues that get right to the heart of good governance.
We know that many councils have already benefited
from this work and we hope that others will take up the
Chief Executive, Standards Board for England
“… a source of pride for
“We are particularly impressed with the innovative experience based learning
techniques pioneered by the Audit Commission which help organisations reach
their own determination of their strengths and weaknesses and allow the solutions
to come from within rather than imposed from outside. The tools (Changing
Organisational Cultures and Ethical Governance Diagnostic) have the added
benefit of allowing benchmarking against similar organisations and, if widely used,
will provide useful aggregate data on ethical culture across the public sector”.
10th report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life
Overall issue …
How well does the organisation govern itself and commission services that provide value for money and deliver better outcomes for local people?
1. Does the organisation commission and procure quality services and supplies, tailored to local needs, to deliver sustainable outcomes and value for money?
2. Does the organisation produce relevant and reliable data and information to support decision making and manage performance?
3. Does the organisation promote and demonstrate the principles and values of good governance?
4. Does the organisation manage its risks and maintain a sound system of internal control?