The Compliance Management System is a corporate approach to compliance that provides a standardised approach, reduces risk and financial liability. The entire Authority is signed up to this system, even though we operate delegated budgets.
Powys County Council is a local authority covering a quarter of Wales with approx. 7500 employees. PCC operates delegated budgets and needs to consider the geographical challenges constantly in its service provision. Our sparse population challenges service delivery and policies and procedures are developed to provide a robust framework for service managers.
We became aware that not all services used our central service contract team to manage compliance within their properties. This meant that there were different standards of maintenance and servicing across the county that exposed the Council to major risk and liability. In addition, we identified items of equipment that were not being serviced at all. Senior management were informed and decided that a review was required and the Statutory Compliance Project Board (SCPB) was set up.