The committee considered the head of finance’s report on the council’s treasury management performance (the management of investments) in 2011/12. The committee was asked to scrutinise performance to ensure the treasury management activities had been carried in accordance with the treasury management strategy and to make any recommendations for changes to Cabinet.
The committee noted that the officers had taken a decision under delegated authority to withdraw funds invested through the council’s investment fund manager, Investec. The officers were able to invest funds in government-backed UK banks and achieve a better return that was above the budget estimate. The increased return on investments would feed into the budget preparation for 2013/14. In answer to a question from a councillor, the committee noted that the council had some funds invested with quick access to allow sufficient liquidity.
RESOLVED: To note the report and thank the officers for their treasury management performance in 2011/12.