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Code of Governance: Principle 2

17 August 2012

The second principle of the Code of Governance focuses on the elected members and the officers of the council working together to achieve a common purpose with clearly defined functions and roles.

The principle is comprised of three sub-principles: 

  1. Ensuring effective leadership throughout the authority and being clear about executive and non-executive functions and of the roles and responsibilities of the scrutiny function.
  2. Ensuring that a constructive working relationship exists between authority members and officers and that the responsibilities of authority members and officers are carried out to a high standard.
  3. Ensuring relationships between the authority and the public are clear so that each knows what to expect of the other.

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