Councils can only act if they have been given a specific power to do so by statute. This means that councils are set up and controlled by Acts of Parliament.
It is important that councils work within these statutes so policies and procedures are essential for ensuring that any business is conducted in the correct legal and transparent manner. The council must remain aware of their powers and are mindful that they must not act outside the law
We aim to provide high quality services at the best possible value, always ensuring that we do so in a legal, safe, and ethical way. Our policies and procedures help us achieve this by governing the work of councillors and making sure we regularly review how we carry out the work
The law controls how our Parish Council acts and in addition the Parish Council can agree their own procedures. Together these rules make up our ‘Standing Orders’ which govern our actions. These Standing Orders are regularly reviewed and formally agreed by the whole council.
Code of Conduct
The Order contains a model code of conduct as regards the conduct which is expected of members and co-opted members of parish councils. Under section 51 of the Local Government Act 2000, each authority must adopt a code of conduct applying to its members which must incorporate any mandatory provisions of the model code.
Titchmarsh Parish Council is committed to providing a quality service for the benefit of the people who live or work in our parish. If you are dissatisfied with the standard of service you have received, or are unhappy about an action or lack of action by the council, this Complaints Procedure sets out how you may complain and how we shall try to resolve your complaint.
The majority of our Parish Council’s income comes from local taxes in the form of a ‘precept’. The rules for how our Parish Council manages its finances are set down in our Financial Regulations. Our Financial Regulations are reviewed regularly and agreed by the whole council.
Each year we review the risks faced by the Parish Council to ensure that we have taken adequate steps to minimise them.
Internal Control Procedures
Our internal control procedures ensure that we minimise significant financial and corporate governance risks. These procedures are reviewed annually .
Effectiveness of Internal Audit
This document ensures that we meet our legal and proper standards. This document is reviewed annually.
FOI Model Publication Scheme
The model publication scheme sets out the information available from Titchmarsh Parish Council, in compliance with the Freedom of Information regulations. This document is reviewed annually .
Titchmarsh Parish Council is committed to protecting your privacy. We have prepared this Privacy Notice to describe our practices regarding the ‘personal data’ we collect from contractors, members of the public, and visitors to the Titchmarsh Parish Council web site.