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The Audit & Assurance Policy

Original recommendation

The Brydon Review recommended that the audit committee publish a three-year rolling Audit and Assurance Policy which would be put to an annual advisory vote by shareholders for approval at the Annual General Meeting. (Source: Brydon 10.0.3)


The Government agrees (Section 3.2) with the Brydon Review recommendation and proposes to introduce a statutory requirement on public interest entities to publish an annual Audit and Assurance Policy that describes the company’s approach to seeking assurance of its reported information over the next three years. In the case of quoted public listed entities, the Policy would be subject to an advisory shareholder vote at the time of its publication. The Government is minded that the Policy would be required initially of premium listed companies, and extend to other public interest entities two years later.

The Government invites views on whether the Policy should include the following at a minimum:

  • An explanation of what independent assurance, if any, the company intends to obtain in the next three years in relation to the annual report and other company disclosures beyond required by statutory audit. The Government proposes that this should include an explanation of what independent assurance, if any, the company plans to obtain in relation to:
    • the company’s Resilience Statement in whole or part, and other disclosures related to risk; and
    • the effectiveness of the company’s internal controls framework.
  • A description of the company’s internal auditing and assurance processes. This might include how management conclusions and judgements in the annual report and accounts can be challenged and verified internally, and whether, and if so how, the company is proposing to strengthen its internal audit and assurance capabilities over the next three years.
  • A description of what policies the company may have in relation to the tendering of external audit services (for example, whether the company is prepared to allow the external company auditor to provide permitted non-audit services).
  • An explanation of whether, and if so how, shareholder and employee views have been taken into account in the formulation of the Audit and Assurance Policy.

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