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Public sector update

06 April 2022

Welcome to our round up of important news and updates for public sector organisations.

NHS Integrated Care systems, off pay-roll, risk management technology, digital transformation in central government and local authority trading companies are just some of the topics covered in this newsletter.

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Have you got the right governance for your local authority trading company?

The proliferation of local authorities trading companies to deliver services directly to their communities has lead to some failures of governance and there are lessons to be learnt for anyone involved in LA trading companies. Read our guide now.  8m read.

Crisis in Ukraine – update for Heads of Internal Audit

The crisis in Ukraine should be on the agenda of most Audit Committees with Heads of Internal Audit expected to provide assurance that the organisation is responding appropriately. We guide you through the legal, reputational and operational aspects of adhering to sanctions. 3m read

NHS - Integrated Care Systems – changing NHS landscape and impact on organisations

Find out more about the risks and issues for organisations involved in the establishment of Integrated Care Systems and the move from CCGs to Integrated Care Boards (ICB) and NHS Providers. 1m read & download

Digital strategy and transformation in public sector: the power of outcomes and iteration

Find out more about how adopting an iterative approach with clear outcomes can boost your digital strategy and your digital transformation. 3m read

Off-payroll issues common to the public sector

Navigate the recent changes to the off-payroll rules with our helpful tips and advice on issues from using HMRC’s CEST tool to demonstrating reasonable care. 4m read

Targeted technology for better risk management and resilience

Find out more about how the right digital tools can improve your risk management outcomes as well as improve overall business decision-making by providing data analysis and automated risk management. 4m read

Internal audit – Hot topics 2022

Build the reputation and leadership role of your Internal Audit team with our guide to all the issues you will need to manage. 1m read + download

Fraud Hub

Visit our Fraud Hub for insights, articles and other useful resources to help your organisation combat the growing levels of fraud since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Visit the Hub now.

October 2021

Central government works with significant volumes of personal data, some of which can be sensitive. Compliance with data protection requirements should therefore be a key priority.

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Recognising the importance of effective audit committee scrutiny, the Redmond Review of 2020 included a recommendation that local authorities consider appointing at least one independent member to their audit committee. 

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The Open Book Contract Management (OBCM) Guidance was published by the Crown Commercial Service in 2016. It contains checklists designed to assist government departments and public bodies in assessing whether costs presented by suppliers are ‘allowable’ for the purposes of bid comparison. 

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Reforms to the UK corporate governance environment are coming, with important impacts on directors’ accountability for internal controls.

One particular proposed reform would increase the accountability of directors for internal controls over financial reporting and other non-financial information including ESG, Supplier Payment Policy and Practices, Performance Indicators linked to the remuneration and anti-fraud arrangements. The BEIS consultation paper outlines proposals for implementing a UK Sarbanes-Oxley style regime, including stronger disclosure and potential attestation requirements, albeit with great flexibility and proportionality.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for governments, public sector entities and private companies alike. Important lessons can be learnt in terms of how to respond quickly, effectively and without creating unintended consequences.
In its May 2021 report, Initial learning from the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Audit Office (NAO) identified six recurring themes:

  • Risk management
  • Transparency and public trust
  • Data and evidence
  • Coordination and delivery models
  • Supporting and protecting people
  • Financial and workforce pressures.

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