Decision details

Use of cross Council Framework for Audit, Assurance & Advisory Services and approval of call-off contracts for Internal Audit & Advisory Services (Recordable Officer Decision)

Decision Maker: Director of Legal, HR, Audit & Investigations

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


This Report seeks approval for procurement of internal audit and advisory services from Lots 1 (Internal Audit Services) and Lot 2 (Advisory Services) of the Cross Councils Audit, Assurance and Advisory Services Framework.


To approve:


(1)     the procurement of Internal Audit Services and Advisory Services from Lots 1 and 2 of the Cross Council Framework, and


(2)     the award of a Call Off Contract Order from that Framework to Messrs Price Waterhouse Coopers (“PWC”) for the period commencing 01 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Reasons for the decision:

This will enable the Council’s purchase of Internal Audit and Advisory Services from an external Provider. The Provider will work alongside the Council’s in-house team to deliver the Annual Audit Plan covering all of the Council’s activities with approval sought for the purchase by way of call off, of such services over the next three years, in accordance with Regulation 88 (a) of the Council’s Contract Standing Orders.

Alternative options considered:

A Council tender for the procurement of internal audit and advisory services was considered as an alternative to the call off of services under the Framework.  However, that form of procurement was unlikely to achieve the reduction in price available compared to a framework with multiple local authorities named.  This type of framework is able to achieve better quality, networking and rates through the higher volume buying power.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Cabinet/Committee Decision or Scheme of Delegation: In accordance with the Council's Officer Scheme of Delegation and Contract Standing Orders

Parties Consulted: None

Contact: Michael Bradley, Head of Audit and Investigation Email:

Publication date: 18/06/2020

Date of decision: 10/06/2020