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Core Principle 6

Managing risks and performance through robust internal control and strong public financial management

Supporting principles

  • Managing risk
  • Managing performance
  • Robust internal control
  • Managing data
  • Strong public financial management

Cheshire West and Chester will:

  • Maintain a strong Audit and Governance Committee which is independent of executive and scrutiny functions
  • Enable Director of Finance to influence material decisions and provide appropriate advice on levels of reserves and balances to be retained
  • Ensure risk management is embedded into the culture of the Council with everyone recognising that everyone is responsible for risk management
  • Ensure arrangements for financial and internal control and management of risk are formally addressed within the annual governance statement
  • Ensure effective internal control arrangements exist for sound financial management systems and processes.

This will be evidenced by:

  • Audit and Governance Committee membership and reports
  • Budget Reports
  • Risk management reports
  • Council Plan
  • Internal Audit Reports
  • External Audit Reports
  • Overview and Scrutiny Committee
  • Budget Reports
  • Risk management reports – quarterly reports to Cabinet and Corporate Leadership Team, detailing Corporate risks
  • Updates to Service Risk Registers included in quarterly reports
  • Risk registers incorporated into project management process
  • Internal audit reports, including reviews of key financial systems
  • Annual Governance Statement – inclusion of specific questions on risk management and business continuity questions- responses from services used to target audit/finance resource
  • Treasury Management Strategy
  • Medium Term Financial Strategy
  • Better Outcome Plans:
    • The 144 outcomes and 400 actions from the Council plan are monitored on a quarterly basis, highlighting their position against targets (red amber and green rated),current status and direction of travel.
    • Outcomes that are over target are subject to Performance Improvement Plans highlighting the current position and mitigating actions.
    • Outcomes and actions performance reports are presented to Cabinet and are a standing item on the agenda of the West Cheshire Overview and Scrutiny Committee. 

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