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Council investments

We have some money we can invest on a daily basis, as well as money set aside for the future.

We make money from investments to help pay for our services. 

We also lend money in accordance with our Treasury Management Strategy which sets out:

  • the types of lending we can do
  • who we can lend to 
  • and the time limits of individual investments

Our approach is to treat the security of investments as more important than the returns they make.  

We do not invest in shares. 

Core investments are made with an external fund manager who can invest in cash instruments and government stock. 

As well as earning interest, they have a value which can go up or down.  

Cash flow is managed by our finance staff on a day to day basis.  

This sometimes involves borrowing, but more usually lending, on the money market.  

Investments are made for up to a month with: 

  • public authorities
  • banks 
  • building societies

Money will be invested for longer if it is not needed short term.  

We have accounts with three banks.

Our investments are spread across a range of financial institutions with the highest credit ratings.  

We employ a treasury consultant to advise on investments.  

Individual in-house investments are limited to £3m in clearing banks and the largest building societies.

Our investments are monitored every day and moved as necessary to reduce risk.  

More information is available from the documents below: 

Treasury Management Policy Statement and Framework Appendix C (PDF/115KB/8pages)

Treasury Management Strategy Statement - Appendix D (PDF/114KB/12pages)