Agenda item

2021/22 QUARTER 1 CORPORATE RISK REPORT

To consider a report from the Director of Finance (s151 Officer).

 

(to follow)

 

 

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Director of Finance (s151 Officer) which provided members with a progress update on the Corporate Risk Register for the first quarter to 30 June 2021.

 

Members heard from the Senior Risk Officer who explained that activities during the Quarter 1 and early Quarter 2 period had continued apace and that the report sought to provide assurance to members on the effectiveness of the Council’s Risk Management arrangements.  

 

Regarding the Quarter 1 corporate risks, the Senior Risk Officer explained that - 12 risks remained on the Q1 Risk Register. There were now 9 high risks, compared to 8 at Q4 and 3 medium risks, compared to 4 at Q4. There was one new corporate risk added to the register which related to the process of Local Government Reform (LGR) and concern over the realisation of its benefits. One corporate risk had also been removed from the register, the risk relating to the impact of exiting the EU transition period without a deal on the provision of Council Services. 

 

With regards to LGR, the Senior Risk Officer explained that the programme of reform is moving at quite a pace and it is anticipated that the LGR programme risk will move across and be adopted or redefined as part of the joint programme arrangements with district councils. It had also been agreed that a County Council LGR Organisational risk will be developed to address the impact of the LGR process on the ongoing delivery of Council statutory services, planned projects and programmes as well as the winding down of the Council prior to vesting day.

 

At the end of Quarter 1, all risk scores had remained the same compared to the Quarter 4 period however, the direction of travel has declined for two corporate risks due to increasing demand and staffing capacity issues affecting the overall resilience of the Health & Social Care System. The status of these specific issues, their causes and mitigating actions were outlined in the subsequent risk deep dive presentation delivered by the Assistant Director – Adults (Deputy DAS) and titled Managing the Fragility of the Social Care Sector’ as Item 8 of the agenda.

 

Regarding evolving areas of risk, the Senior Risk Officer explained that as the LGR programme had started to take shape, service leads had begun to evaluate the impact of the programme and potential work streams on the Council’s current commitments and workforce capacity up until vesting day. As mentioned earlier, a new County Council LGR Organisational risk will be developed to address the impact of the LGR process on the ongoing delivery of Council statutory services, planned improvements as well as the winding down of the Council prior to vesting day.   

 

Two other areas of evolving risk will be developed further for the Quarter 2 Corporate Risk Report. A new climate change risk to focus on the Council’s ability to meet the net zero carbon target set by central government will be developed. Consideration will also be given to a new Cumbria COVID-19 Recovery risk to focus on the Council leadership role in the delivery of the Cumbria Recovery Strategy.

 

The Chair recognised that although the actual risk scores had not changed in the last quarter, risk management improvement activity had continued over the period to maintain the risk position and commended all risk owners for their ongoing work.

 

 

RESOLVED that,

1)  members note the updates on Corporate Risks for Quarter 1 2021/22 and agree that this report provides sufficient assurance that the current Risk Management arrangements are both robust and effective,

           

2)  members receive a presentation relating to the Health and Social Care Demand and System Failure risk. 

 

 

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