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The Internal Audit Service is a statutory function. We are based within the Corporate Services Department in St Helens Town Hall. We provide an independent opinion based on the effectiveness of the council's procedures. The purpose, authority and responsibility of Internal Audit activity is defined in the Internal Audit Charter.
Our mission is to support the council to achieve high standards of service delivery, conduct, governance and risk management. We also help ensure that resources are safeguarded from fraud, bribery and corruption.
We do this by:
We operate to professional practice standards as defined by the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards document.
The council is committed to high standards of conduct and takes seriously all allegations of fraud and irregularity. We will take all necessary steps to ensure that the public's assets and interests are protected. The council has an Anti Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy and an Anti Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Strategy.
Here is the guidance on what to do if you suspect fraud, bribery or corruption.
The council is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity and accountability. Because of this, we expect anyone who has serious concerns about any aspect of the council's business to come forward and voice those concerns.
We have a Whistleblowing Policy intended to to encourage and enable employees, and others, to raise concerns with the council rather than overlook it, or raise it outside.
If you need any further information regarding the above, please contact:
Caroline Barlow, Deputy Director - Finance and Human Resources
Telephone: 01744 676885
Telephone: 01744 676141 / 676148
Robin Baker, Engagement Lead - Grant Thornton
Telephone: 0161 2146399