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Code of Governance

12 March 2019

Essex County Council is committed to the seven principles of Good Governance as agreed by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE).
These are set out in the CIPFA/SOLACE publication Delivering Good Governance in Local Government: Framework 2016.
Our local Code of Governance is underpinned by these principles and is comprised of a framework of policies, procedures, behaviours and values by which the authority is controlled and governed.
The documents that make up this framework provide the structures and guidance that our members and employees require in order to ensure effective governance across our organisation.
The principles and main documents associated with their delivery are set out below:
  1. 1) Behaving with integrity, demonstrating strong commitment to ethical values and respecting the rules of law.
  2. 2) Ensuring openness and comprehensive stakeholder engagement.
  3. 3) Defining outcomes in terms of sustainable economic, social and environmental benefits.
  4. 4) Determining the interventions necessary to optimize the achievement of the intended outcomes.
  5. 5) Developing the entity’s capacity, including the capability of its leadership and the individuals within it.
  6. 6) Managing risks and performance through robust internal control and strong public financial management.
  7. 7) Implementing good practices in transparency, reporting, and audit, to deliver effective accountability.