Reporting Person – Julie Fisher
The Executive received the annual report on Risk Management and Business Continuity. It was reported that work to update the Risk Management Strategy was underway and a report would be submitted to the Executive in September for review and adoption.
The Executive thanked everyone involved with ensuring the continuing delivery of Council services during lockdown. Discussion ensued on lessons learnt following the Council’s response to Covid. The Executive was advised that communication had been identified as an area for improvement, particularly in regards to the Council’s Control Room. It was noted that the capability to work virtually over Zoom had been enacted fairly quickly at the start of lockdown. It was considered a good time to review arrangements in light of hybrid working and the rollout of Microsoft Office 365, which would improve communications between staff. The issues of cyber security and late running audits were also raised.
That the report be noted and that Risk Management arrangements will be reviewed and updated in the coming months to ensure that the strategy and associated guidance is sufficient to match the needs of the Council.
Reason: The continuous development of Risk Management and Business Continuity is essential to ensure effective management and planning within the Council.