As Cheshire East Council provides a wide range of services, it
has to handle complex delivery arrangements and partnership
networks, and is directly accountable to the public for these
services. It is continually adapting to face diverse threats
and opportunities as a result of the economic and financial climate
and social change.
In order to do this, all Members and employees of the Council
have a responsibility for, and a contribution to make, in terms of
risk management. We need to understand and recognise the
importance of identifying, evaluating and managing all key
strategic and operational risks that could affect the achievement
of the Council’s objectives.
Risk management covers a whole range of risks and not just those
associated with finance, health & safety, business continuity
and insurance. It also includes risks associated with service
provision, effectiveness, reputation or public image, compliance
with legislation and the environment.
Risk management is not about being risk averse; some amount of
risk taking is inevitable if the Council is to achieve its
objectives. Risk management is about effectively managing
risks that could affect the achievement of the Council’s
objectives. Good risk management is concerned with
identifying not only threats to success but also opportunities for
benefits. It should maximise opportunities and encourage
Risk Management Policy
To facilitate effective and efficient operations, the Council
has a Risk
Management Policy (PDF 372KB) which forms part of its overall
internal control framework and enables it to respond appropriately
To ensure that equality is an integral part of the way the
Council works, an Equality Impact Assessment (PDF
382KB) has been undertaken on the Risk Management Policy and
will be updated in line with any Policy reviews.