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ONE of the most over-used municipal words is “robust” – it's sometimes used to describe the process leading up to some of the larger disasters in local government.
I tend to think of robust in this context as meaning don't question it because we're right!
In Haringey's Risk Register for the HDV, it's used seven times. Methinks the register writer doth protest too much.
But have the risks really been mitigated in ways that are robust?
The Council has published an HDV Risk Register, but it is little more than a list. What has been called for repeatedly, is a Risk Assessment.
I've attached an Apple Numbers (and an MS Excel) spreadsheet of the Risk Register. The header (blue) is above and there follows 19 risks identified by the Council. Not all of these overlap with the risks identified by the cross-party Overview and Scrutiny Committee and its sub-committee, the Housing and Regeneration Panel, that was charged with considering governance arrangements for the HDV.
The Final Internal Auditors report on the HDV (attached) flagged up Governance Framework.
i.e. amber, regarding both the adequacy of controls and the effectiveness of controls.