The Code of Governance at Essex County Council refers to a range of documents, policies and procedures that underpin our aim of achieving good governance. Governance at Essex County Council comprises the systems, processes, culture and values by which we direct and control our business. Good governance enables us to be accountable to, engage with and, where appropriate, lead our communities and our electorate.
The Code of Governance is comprised of six principles of good corporate governance in local authorities, as agreed by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE). The Code ensures that we have a consistent approach to the achievement of transparent and accountable governance.
The six principles set out below contain the main statutory documents associated with the delivery of that principle.
Focusing on the purpose of the authority and on outcomes for the community, creating and implementing a vision for the local area.
Relating to Councillors and Officers of the Council working together to achieve a common purpose with clearly defined functions and roles.
Ensuring the promotion of the values of the authority, demonstrating the values of good governance by upholding high standards of conduct and behaviour.
How we take informed and transparent decisions which are subject to effective scrutiny, and how we manage risk.
The ways in which the Council develops the capacity and capability of Councillors and Officers of the Council to be effective.
How we engage with local people and other stakeholders to ensure robust public accountability.
Corporate Governance Framework
The key documents that underpin each of the six principles also form part of our Code of Governance Framework. The Framework provides operational guidance and policy that our Councillors and Staff require in order to ensure that we achieve a culture of good governance across our organisation
It is the responsibility of the Monitoring Officer to ensure that all of the documents within the Framework are reviewed and updated as required. The Framework is accessed by Councillors and Staff through the Essex County Council Intranet, but a copy of all of the information contained in the Code of Governance Framework is available upon request.