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Quarterly Risk Update

Meeting: 24/06/2021 - Governance and Audit Committee (Item 24)

24 Quarterly Risk Update (Agenda item 9) pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Report of Maxine O’Mahony, Executive Director for Strategy & Resources and Jason Cole, Assistant Director Customer & Performance and Ryan Pack, Innovation & Change Business Partner.

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Councillor Robinson, the Executive Member for Customer, Digital & Performance presented the report.


Jason Cole, the Assistant Director for Customer & Performance and Ryan Pack, the Innovation & Change Business Partner were also in attendance for this item.


The report presented the current status of the Council’s strategic risks as at June 2021 and since the last review at the Committee meeting held on 11 February, a number of minor changes had occurred in relation to such risks that the Council currently faced.


Whilst the majority of risks had remained stable since the last quarter, it was noted that both the financial and cyber risks that were raised at the previous meeting remained the same. 


Covid 19 remained the highest risk to the Council and work was planned to review this risk in the near future; taking into account the on-going national situation and the situation within the Breckland District. It was therefore likely that whilst this risk remained high it was likely to be downgraded in due course.


This was the first meeting of the Governance & Audit Committee since the risk assessment report had been seen by the Council’s Auditors.  The Auditor’s report had been positive, and they had been quite content as to how the risks were being managed, the improvements that had been made and the next steps to be taken. 


The Innovation & Change Business Partner then covered a few general points about risks.


It had been pleasing to receive the positive risk assessment report from the Auditors, and the ‘next steps’ were now being considered.  Equally, having that assessment back allowed the Council to look at the risk policy in greater detail and make any necessary changes ahead of the next meeting in September.


Over the next few weeks/months a strategic risk review would be taking place to ensure that everyone was happy with the scores and target dates moving forward.


Members’ attention was then drawn to the cyber security risk; an update to that risk had been provided from the Head of IT and the risk score and controls remained the same.  The downgrading of the contracts risk was in respect of not having a Senior Manager in post and as the business continuity risk had been achieved for three consecutive quarters as a low risk, it was suggested that Members consider whether this should be downgraded to an operational risk.


It was noted that an additional strategic risk would be added to the next quarterly report in relation to the National Waste consultation.


Members were then invited to ask questions.


The Vice-Chairman had noted that a score of 25 had been given to the impact of the pandemic and felt that this was rather high given the level of the population who had been vaccinated, and the Council’s recent ability to deliver services and personally felt that it should be 4 x 4.


The Innovation & Change Business Partner explained that this risk would be reviewed very shortly.  A discussion with the Executive Management Team (EMT) had been  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24