Decision Maker: Audit Committee
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Performance and Risk Officer reminded the Committee that Internal Audit had recommended that the operational risks which were above the tolerance level should be reported to the Audit Committee, on an annual basis as a minimum, to ensure that Members were aware of the operational risks which had been identified and that they were being managed. He provided information with regard to the operational risks that were above tolerance, together with details on the mitigations to manage them, as shown at Appendix 1 to the report.
Further to AUD/30 (2018/19) and a request by the Committee for a review of Strategic Risk 5 “Impact of the Welfare Reform on Communities,” Appendix 2 to the report provided details of the completed review and set out the Council’s mitigations to reduce poverty and alleviate against Universal Credit impacts.
In addition, the Performance and Risk Officer pointed out that the Strategic Risk Register was also reported to Audit Committee every six months and that it was currently reviewed by the Senior Management Team prior to being reported each quarter as part of the quarterly performance monitoring and reporting arrangements.
Reference was made to Risk No.4, Windermere Lake encroachment debt recovery does not significantly reduce the amounts outstanding, and concern raised around forthcoming changes in personnel within the Legal Team and the potential for the loss of experience in this area, South Lakeland being the only Council which owned the bed of a lake. The Solicitor to the Council, in response, drew attention to the significant improvements which had been made by the Legal Team in recovering the outstanding debts over a number of years, this work having been carried out by a number of different solicitors. She did not anticipate any issues and pointed out that the Solicitor (Property and Contracts) who would be remaining in the Legal Team had experience of dealing with some Lake matters. She also explained that interim arrangements were being made with regard to the vacant post of Legal, Governance/Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) and that there would be a handover period during which this area of work would be addressed. A conservative approach had, however, been taken with regard to the potential for risk in the short-term.
RESOLVED – That the following be noted:-
(1) the operational risks which are positioned above the line of tolerance and the mitigations to manage them, as listed in Appendix 1 to the report; and
(2) the reviewed Strategic Risk 5 “Impact of the Welfare Reform on Communities” as set out in Appendix 2 to the report.
Report author: John Davies
Publication date: 23/04/2019
Date of decision: 09/04/2019
Decided at meeting: 09/04/2019 - Audit Committee