Flood Risk Management Committee (FRMC) – Specific terms of reference

Purpose

The Flood Risk Management Committee (FRMC) is a standing committee whose principal role is to advise the Board on flood risk investment, management and proposals.

Scope

The FRMC assists the Board to fulfil a number of NRW’s statutory flood risk management functions in accordance with Section 106 of the Water Resources Act 1991.

Its primary functions are to provide scrutiny and approval of the flood risk management capital programme allocations, advising the Board on overall performance of the flood (capital) provisions. The Committee also provides scrutiny and oversight of reservoir safety.

Responsibilities

To provide advice to the Executive Team, and make recommendations to the NRW Board as appropriate, on:

  • The current and medium-term flood risk management investment programmes of NRW, particularly to help ensure that evidence-based investment decisions are made, value for money is achieved, and full utilisation of available budgets is made.
  • Other key flood risk management issues on a ‘needs-be’ basis.
  • The proposals for rates and levies or Internal Drainage Districts, which are currently set annually.
  • Oversight of reservoir safety.

Meetings

The FRMC will meet at least twice per annum, typically in January and June to assist the programming and budgetary cycle. Additional meetings may be convened as required.

The meetings will be supported by the Secretariat team, the Flood Risk Management Asset Investment and Planning team and members of the Finance team. 

Membership

Members of FRMC should not also be members of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) to maintain separation and minimise possible conflicts of interest.

Terms of Reference agreed: May 2020

Next review date: May 2021

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