To provide an update to the Committee on the progress of the Council’s identified strategic risks (report of the Executive Director, Strategy and Governance enclosed).
Please note that Appendix 2 associated with this report is not for publication by virtue of Paragraph 3 (Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)) in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, and is therefore attached to this agenda as item 13.
Consideration was given to the report of the Executive Director Strategy and Governance, which provided an update to the committee on the progress of the Council’s identified strategic risks.
There were 19 strategic risks included within the Q2 Risk Report, three more than at the end of Q1 2019/20. The level of identified risk at Q2 was 3 high risk, 15 medium risk and 1 low risk.
The additional risks added to the Register were – Emerging Government Policy; Temporary Accommodation Spend; and Pay Claim for National Employers. Further information on these was detailed within the report.
All remaining risks, although reviewed, remained static from Quarter 1.
Following consideration of the report, the following issues were raised:
· Member commented that the Business Continuity Plan had been signed off at the last meeting, but that it was not available on the website. Officers stated that the plan was reviewed every two months but that it was not published. Members responded that this needed to be made available.
· Members noted that there had been an overspend on temporary accommodation costs – how could this be contained?
o The Housing Landlord Manager stated that this was a demand-led service and spikes in demand would therefore occur. There had been a high presentations of families had had been accommodated for long periods, and the Authority was duty bound by legislation to do this. Whilst there was a level playing field in relation to numbers that the Authority was dealing with, it took longer to work on ultimately reducing demand. The situation was being monitored on a weekly basis to ensure that only those people that the Authority had a duty to house were being dealt with.
· Members asked whether the reduced income experienced in Planning, and how this would affect the Council’s budget, should be considered as a risk?
o Officers responded that this was not yet included as a risk however, the situation was being looked into, and any potential risks identified.
· In response, members asked whether there were any other issues that could create risks in the future
o Officers replied that there had been a lot of change in the way that the risk report operated and that potential risks would be assessed and added if required.
Appendix 2 to the report was exempt however, this item was not discussed and there was therefore no need for the meeting to go into private session for this item.
That the content of the report be noted.