Decision details

Corporate Risk Management Policy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The report presents a revision to the Council's Corporate Risk Management Policy which was considered and approved by Audit and Risk Management Committee on 26 September 2016. Cabinet is requested to formally adopt the revised Policy on behalf of the Council.



Councillor Ann McLachlan, Cabinet Member – Transformation, Leisure and Culture, said:


“Effective risk management is a key element of good corporate governance.  As with other areas of governance the Council’s approach to managing risk has improved greatly in recent years. 


But it is important that our approach supports how the Council is seeking to deliver the outcomes in the Wirral Plan and reflects developments in good practice”.



Councillor Ann McLachlan introduced a report that confirmed the process behind the annual update to the Council’s Corporate Risk Management Policy (which was appended) and set out the factors that had influenced its development, in particular, the application of risk management to support the delivery of Wirral Plan strategies.  The Policy had been approved by Audit and Risk Management Committee on 25 September 2016.  In accordance with Cabinet’s ultimate responsibility for corporate governance, the Cabinet was invited to consider and formally adopt the Policy on behalf of the Council.


Councillor McLachlan commended the Officers who had been involved with this very good piece of work.  The refreshed Risk Management Policy had been developed to re-align with the Council’s 2020 vision and 20 Pledges and reflected the new partnership working arrangements. 


Councillor McLachlan drew attention to the Action Plan and informed that the review had linked the Risk Management Policy into the culture of the Council.  There was still a lot of work to do going forward and it would help with the Council’s new and different ways of working i.e. the Council’s commercial and business approach to becoming risk aware and not risk averse.




That the revised Corporate Risk Management Policy be formally adopted.

Report author: Mike Lane

Publication date: 16/11/2016

Date of decision: 07/11/2016

Decided at meeting: 07/11/2016 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/11/2016

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