We were appointed to review, analyse, report and present on the options and factors for structuring a future procurement approach to maximise a sustainable supply of external audit services to local authorities (from 2023). This was an in depth review of the market for local audit work and included:
In a bid to reduce costs and duplication of effort, provide better value for money or a more robust service , many local authorities are considering entering – or have already entered – into joint working arrangements with other councils or the private sector.
Introduced by the International Standards Organisation in 1987, the recently amended ISO 9001-2008 has come of age and is holding on tight to its reputation as the star performer of the ISO 9000 series of standards.
How We Can Support Local Authorities and Their Partners
Investigations for Local Authority Monitoring Officers into Complaints and Allegations
In many cases it is not appropriate for Monitoring Officers or their colleagues to investigate complaints and allegations against their own authority’s councillors or they do not have the time or available in-house resources.
Touchstone Renard’s experienced Local Government investigators provide help and support on a flexible basis to meet the requirements of Monitoring Officers in a range of ways, including:
Determining the scope of an investigation.
Planning an investigation.
Compiling the documentary evidence.
Attending hearings and other meetings.
Our investigators have carried out numerous independent investigations and are familiar with the Code of conduct and guidance previously issued by the Standards Board. They also appreciate the implications for investigations of the Localism Act. Each investigator is strong on integrity and personally ensures that investigations are carried out professionally and tactfully.
We know that local authorities have to work to tight deadlines and budgets and we will therefore provide support at very reasonable hourly fees or fixed rates.