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Code of Governance: Principle 1

30 December 2015

The first principle of the Code of Governance focuses on the purpose of the authority and on outcomes for the community, creating and implementing a vision for the local area.


The principle is comprised of three sub-principles: 

  1. Exercising strategic leadership by developing and clearly communicating the authority’s purpose and vision and its intended outcomes for citizens and service users.
  2. Ensuring that users receive a high quality of service whether directly, or in partnership, or by commissioning.
  3. Ensuring that the authority makes best use of resources and that tax payers and service users receive excellent value for money.


The key documents that define and specify how we will deliver this principle are: