Audit sharing ‘will save West Norfolk and Fenland councils around £50k’

West Norfolk Council's offices
West Norfolk Council's offices

A plan for West Norfolk Council to share internal auditing services with a neighbouring authority will save tens of thousands of pounds in costs, officials have claimed.

The measure, which is due to come into force next April, was approved by the borough council’s ruling cabinet during a meeting yesterday. It had also been backed by Fenland’s cabinet last month and is now set to go to staff committees.

Under the plan, a new internal audit manager will be employed by Fenland Council, with West Norfolk Council buying back 50 per cent of their time.

A report presented to the cabinet said that would save the borough council £34,000 a year. Fenland officials say it will save them around £15,000 a year.

West Norfolk Council leader Brian Long said collaborating with neighbouring authorities was vital in a time of reduced financial resources.

He said: “Over the years we’ve worked with North Norfolk on bins. We’re talking with Breckland, South Holland and now this proposal with Fenland.

“It’s critically important that, as we try to make efficiencies, we look beyond our borders for people we can do business with.”

Performance portfolio holder Nick Daubney added: “The internal audit operation is very important to this council.

“We’ve been very well served over the years by the staff we’ve got.

“We believe there is a more efficient way of delivering a service by sharing a resource with Fenland.

“This gives us a very significant saving to this council and still gives us an excellent service and control of that service.”