Agenda item

Q3 Strategic Risk Report

To provide an update to the Committee on the progress of the Council’s identified strategic risks (report of the Executive Manager for Growth enclosed).



Consideration was given to the report of the Executive Manager for Growth, which provided an update to the Committee on the progress of the Council’s identified strategic risks.


The Senior Change, Innovation and Performance Business Partner provided the Committee with the following updates:


·         Overall the majority of the risk movements in the report related to the current Covid-19 pandemic in areas such as vulnerability and leisure compliance.

·         A new risk had been added covering the separation of the SHDC and Breckland Council partnership, highlighting any impact that this might have on the current shared working model and the services of the shared management team. This would continue to be monitored closely over the coming months to mitigate against any service impact during the separation. 

·         The likelihood score around cyber security risk had also increased. Whilst there were no internal concerns currently, there had been a national increase in cyber threats, and it was therefore considered prudent to increase the likelihood of the risk at this stage.

·         The risk around Parkwood Leisure Provision had increased due to the closure of facilities caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, but it was felt that this risk would reduce once lockdown easing started.

·         There was also a risk around failing to meet regulatory compliance which had increased in likelihood largely due to the understanding that elections were to go ahead in May.  This would place a strain on the Governance and Democratic Teams who had to ensure that the whole process would be Covid-safe, which, in itself, would bring added complications and risks.

·         Finally, the risk around the failure of the Council to deal with more than one significant incident simultaneously had been reduced. The rationale for this was that during Quarter 3, a number of incidents had been dealt with in parallel, such as the problems caused by bad weather, whilst dealing with the ongoing pandemic, and it had therefore been decided that the risk be reduced.


Following consideration of the report, and the information provided by the officer, the following issues were raised:


·         Members asked if there was anything further to report with regard to the local economy, in addition to the information included within the report.

  • The Executive Manager for Growth confirmed that officers continued to remain in close contact with employers and businesses at this time. To date, £6 million in grants had been given to businesses, and it was understood that more grants would soon be available.


·         Members questioned why, following the recent issue with emails, the technology infrastructure failure scores of ‘Impact’ 5, ‘Likelihood’ 2 remained the same as within the previous quarterly report.  Depending on when the incident had occurred, it was felt that this risk should have risen.

  • The Senior Change, Innovation and Performance Business Partner suggested that there was a possibility that an interim assessment had taken place.  He would clarify when the incident had taken place and the resulting potential impact, and report back to all members.



That the content of the report be noted.

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