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The Council’s external Regulators (the Wales Audit Office, Benefit Fraud Inspectorate, Social Services Inspectorate Wales and Estyn) have a duty to prepare an annual Regulatory Plan, listing the proposed programme of audit and inspections for the forthcoming year. The Council’s Relationship Manager (appointed by the Audit Commission) must prepare the plan in conjunction with the other Inspectorates to ensure effective co-ordination and planning. The purpose of the Regulatory Plan is to provide all concerned with as clear a picture as possible of the level of regulatory activity which the Council will experience in the year ahead and to ensure that audit and inspection is both proportionate and manageable from the point of view of the authority’s own capacity to manage change.

The Regulatory Plan for 2004/5 produced by the Wales Audit office recommended a wide range of inspections and audits.

Inspection Studies Proposed regulatory work To be agreed Review progress made and assess service improvements Monitor delivery of the Service Plan to assess progress Review implementation of the improvement action plan Review implementation of the improvement action plan Review progress in the implementation of the HR Strategy and test the impact with customers. Detailed work on key risk areas: job evaluation; training and development; management of attendance; recruitment and retention Review progress since the Estyn inspection Audit Work Refine accounts closure procedures and audit arrangements Identify issues and ensure compliance with the Regulations Review arrangements for transferring assets onto the new register Review compliance and impact on treasury management and capital and financial accounting Review the arrangements with partner organisations Review the current position Monitor progress and review arrangements Work area Efficiency savings Housing Strategy Building Services Grounds Maintenance Legal Services Human Resources School Improvement and Strategic Management Whole Government Accounts New Accounts and Audit Regulations (Wales) Asset Register Prudential Code Partnership and pooled budget arrangements Service Level Agreements Housing Stock Options


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