Being accountable

Constitution

Our constitution details how we operate and make decisions, and our procedures to make sure decision making is efficient, transparent and accountable.

Core principles of governance

Setting out the principles we follow to make sure we are doing the right things, the right way for the right people

Annual governance statement

Highlights of our governance framework key elements and areas we are improving (published as part of our annual statement of accounts).

Codes of conduct

The codes and protocols to guarantee the standards of behaviour expected from our councillors and employees.

Governance Committees

These committees ensure that financial reporting processes are robust and that decision makers, councillors and officers are accountable for their decisions and actions.

Performance monitoring and reviewing

A cabinet committee and our management team monitor and review performance assisted by an officers' working group. They examine specific areas in detail where necessary.

Statutory officers

The monitoring officer and the chief finance officer make sure that the decisions and actions of the council are lawful and in accordance with the council's budget.

Financial administration arrangements

Financial regulations, scheme for financing schools and financial reports.

Whistleblowing and counter fraud arrangements

Whistleblowing, anti-fraud strategy and National Fraud Initiative.