'This report recognises the importance of embedding risk management practices at the corporate heart of local government and puts it firmly at the top table of local authority decision making.
'For too long, risk management has been seen as an operational rather than strategic element of council business. Good risk management can have a real impact on service users - making services more efficient, reliable and focused on improvement.
'To deliver good services to local people councils need to ensure they employ business risk management across all their functions. Effective risk management is not an add-on but the glue that binds all council activity together.
'Partnerships between public sector agencies, and the involvement of the private sector make it more important than ever that councils have clear guidance on delivering improved services while managing risk.'
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Shelley Thornton was on the advisory group that drew up the Audit Commission report 'Worth the risk: improving risk management in local government.'