Code of governance
We are committed to the seven principles of Good Governance as agreed by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives.
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.
Code of governance principles
Behaving with integrity, demonstrating strong commitment to ethical values and respecting the rules of law.
Ensuring openness and comprehensive stakeholder engagement.
Defining outcomes in terms of sustainable economic, social and environmental benefits.
Determining the interventions necessary to optimize the achievement of the intended outcomes.
Developing the entity’s capacity, including the capability of its leadership and the individuals within it.
Managing risks and performance through robust internal control and strong public financial management.
Implementing good practices in transparency, reporting, and audit, to deliver effective accountability.
Code of governance documentation
Annual Governance Statement, within Statement of Accounts
Annual report 2017-18 (PDF 1.3 MB)
Anti-bribery policy (PDF 79 KB
Anti-Money Laundering policy (PDF 572 KB)
Budget,within organisational plan (PDF 1.5 MB)
Code of Conduct for Members within Constitution (PDF 1.4 MB)
Code of Conduct for Officers (PDF 608 KB)
Code of Conduct Officers easy read (PDF 3.6 MB)
Committee management system (CMIS)
Complaints, Comments and Compliments Procedure (PDF 50 KB)
Constitution, including code of conduct for Councillors (PDF 1.3 MB)
Counter Fraud Strategy (PDF 226 KB)
Essex Financial Regulations, including procurement guidelines (PDF 2 MB)
External Audit findings
Foreign Travel Summary 2014/15 (PDF 98 KB)
Foreign Travel Summary 2015/16 (PDF 106 KB)
Foreign Travel Summary 2016/17 (PDF 99 KB)
Foreign Travel Summary 2017/18 (PDF 31KB)
Forward Plan of Decisions
Health and Safety Policy Statement (PDF 84 KB)
Member Register of Interests, within individual Councillor profiles
Members' allowances scheme (PDF 93 KB)
Organisation Strategy 2017-21 (PDF 559 KB)
Organisational Plan 2018-19 (PDF 1.4 MB)
Pay Policy Statement (PDF 122 KB)
Petitions Policy (PDF 103 KB)
Protocol for Member/Officer Relationships, within Constitution (PDF 1.4 MB)
Risk Management Strategy (PDF 362 KB)
Senior Officer pages
Standing Orders, for running Full Council Meetings - within constitution (PDF 1.4 MB)
Statement of Accounts
Statutory Officer roles and responsibilities: Head of Paid Service, Monitoring Officer, Section 151 Officer,within Constitution (PDF 1.4 MB)
The Future of Essex (PDF 395 KB)
Trade union facility time
Whistleblowing Policy (PDF 136 KB)
Whole Essex Information Sharing Framework
Your right to know, how to request information from us