The Lead Assurance Officer presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated. She advised that the purpose of the report was for Members to note and endorse the work that is ongoing in relation to preparing the Council for Day One Readiness in the event of a No Deal Brexit specifically in relation to the delivery of Council services and functions.
Councillor Fleming reiterated his Party’s appreciation for the work carried out by Council Officers and other Councils across the North of Ireland. He referred to the ongoing adversity in regards to Brexit and pointed out that the work which had been undertaken had identified further issues in terms of what the coming weeks would produce.
In response to a query from the Chairperson regarding the inclusion of outside bodies on the risk register, the Lead Assurance Officer pointed out that this was a Northern Ireland Risk Register. However, Officers were in the process of developing a specific Derry City and Strabane District Council Risk Register and, as part of this process, would be addressing relationships with all third parties in which Council was involved.
Councillor Tierney also commended the work carried out by Council Officers in this regard. He queried when it was anticipated that a specific Derry City and Strabane District Council Risk Register would be completed and if this would contain any information which might have a negative impact on the delivery of Council services to ratepayers and, if so, what mitigation procedures were being put in place to address such a situation.
The Lead Assurance Officer advised that the process, which was well underway, was very similar to that used for the Northern Ireland Risk Register. She stated that there were some specific areas which were not applicable to other Councils such as the Airport. However, many of the issues to be addressed were pertinent to all Councils. She assured that Council would continue to have control over those areas which it currently controlled and that action plans were put in place to address potential issues which might arise.
The Chief Executive explained that the risks facing Derry City and Strabane District Council were light in regards to the focus on services. The key risks were in relation to environmental health and increases in fuel costs and these were major risks which were anticipated, however, only in the event of a No Deal Brexit. He stated that discussions were ongoing between Senior Environmental Health colleagues from all Councils as this was one of the key risks facing all Councils. Whilst this could not be solved, it could be mitigated against.
Recommended that Members endorse the work that is ongoing in relation to preparing the Council for Day One Readiness in the event of a No Deal Brexit specifically in relation to the delivery of Council services and functions.