Risk Management Policy
Meeting: 24/07/2018 - Cabinet (Item 78)
Report of Deputy Leader and Executive Member Strategy & Governance, Councillor Sam Chapman-Allen.
The Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Strategy, Governance and Transformation advised Members that Governance and Audit Committee had agreed the Risk Management Policy in June 2018. The Policy did not make any change from how the Council approached risk management, but would formally adopt the current working practices of the Council into the Policy.
Councillor Borrett, Chairman of the Governance and Audit Committee added that he and the committee were keen to see a common approach be adopted across the Council.
1. Cabinet to approve the adoption of the Policy.
2. Do nothing.
The report was seeking for Cabinet to approve the adoption of the policy. The draft policy was seeking to formally adopt the working practices implemented over the last two years through the guidance of the Governance and Audit Committee.
RESOLVED that Cabinet adopt the Risk Management Policy following agreement by Governance and Audit committee in June 2018.
Report of Maxine O'Mahony, Executive Director - Strategy & Governance.
The Senior Business Intelligence Officer presented the revised draft of the Council’s Risk Management Policy to review.
Over the past two years the Governance & Audit Committee Members had provided guidance on a number of changes to the way that the Council managed and monitored risks – these changes were highlighted.
Mr Plaskett was content with the Policy and was happy for it to be approved.
Councillor Hewett mentioned a number of minor typographical errors.
The Chairman thanked Members for all their assistance over the past two years and was pleased to recommend the Policy to Cabinet for adoption.
RECOMMEND to Cabinet that the Risk Management Policy be adopted.
Report of Greg Pearson, Corporate Improvement & Performance Manager.
The Corporate Improvement & Performance Manager presented the report and provided Members with a detailed overview of the first draft of the Council’s risk management policy.
A number of changes had been made to the way the Council managed and monitored its risks. Appendix A of the report set out a draft risk management policy for Members to review and provide any feedback. It was noted that the policy did not make any change from how the Council was currently approaching risk management it was simply seeking to formally adopt the current working practices of the Council into the policy.
Mr Plaskett asked if the internal auditors had been consulted for best practice. Members were informed that the Team had worked with the Head of Internal Audit and best practice had been drawn in from the partner consortium.
Councillor Hewett questioned the style and the acronyms contained within the document and felt that it needed to be consistent. He also pointed out that everyone in Breckland Council had a function to play in addressing risk. Members were assured that the policy would be amended accordingly prior to approval.
The Chairman suggested adding this to the Work Programme for a review in 18 months.
1. the proposed draft risk Management Policy be noted; and
2. the Risk Management Policy review be added to the Work Programme for the meeting on 16 February 2019.