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The Code of Conduct: A Guide for City, Town & Parish Councillors

On 1 July 2012 The Localism Act 2011, and Regulations made under it,brought about the removal of the statutory Code of Conduct. This wasreplaced by a requirement in the Act for each Council to maintain highstandards of conduct and to adopt a code that deals with the conduct ofmembers and co-opted members when they are acting in that capacity.

As a result of these changes Cornwall Council adopted a Code of Conduct on 3 July 2012. In discussions with the Cornwall Association of Local Councils thisCode was adapted to meet the needs of the City, Community, Town and ParishCouncils in Cornwall and was sent out to them for adoption as an InterimCode.

This guidance relates to the amended Code recommended for adoption byCity, Community, Town and Parish Councils in Cornwall in October 2012.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012

The Code of Conduct: Guide for Members

This guide from the Standards Board for England provides an overview ofthe revised Model Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct applies to allmembers and co-opted members of local authorities, and all members arerequired to sign up to it as part of their declarations of acceptance of office.

The Code of Conduct does not apply to the actions of authorities as a whole,or to the conduct of its officers and employees.

The following pages aim to provide you with a general understanding of theCode of Conduct and its requirements.

Tue, 01 May 2007

The General Power of Competence

Local councils in England were given a 'general power of competence' (GPC) in the Localism Act 2011, sections 1 to 8. This paper explains the freedom granted by the general power, the criteria to be met before a local council can use it and some restrictions on using the power.It notes the CiLCA questions and pass criteria (see also the Portfolio Guide 2012) and some useful weblinks.The power does not apply to parish meetings or to local authorities in Wales.

Thu, 01 Jan 2015

The Local Authorities Model Code of Conduct 2001

This item of legislation details The Local Authorities, Model Code of Conduct for England (Order 2001)

Sat, 01 Sep 2001

The Localism Act 2011: An extract on Standards

This Extract is from the Localism Act of 2011. Chapter 7 looks at standards and the formation of a Code of Conduct for your council

Thu, 01 Sep 2011

The Transparency Fund 2016-17 FAQ

While all Smaller Authorities should comply with the Transparency Code, we recognise that access to funding will be required by some Smaller Authorities to fully meet the Transparency requirements.

It is important that any delivery of funds is done on a local basis and meets specific local needs and is targeted at compliance with the Smaller Authorities Transparency Code

Fri, 01 Apr 2016

Transfer of Responsibility for a closed churchyard

Where a the Parochial Church Council serves notice to a local council of its intention to close the Churchyard and transfer responsibility, the local council may in turn (within three months of the request) transfer this responsibility to Cornwall Council by making a formal resolution at Council and serving notice on the Principal Authority.

This document provides a sample letter for you to use as required.

Fri, 01 Jan 2010

Transparency Code (Larger councils)

This is the Transparency Code that applies to a parish council which has gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) exceeding £200,000.

The Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities has previously been issued as a separate document and can be found below.

Thu, 01 Sep 2016

Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities

1. This Code is issued to meet the Government's desire to place more power into citizens' hands to increase democratic accountability. Transparency gives local people the tools and information they need to hold local public bodies to account.

2. The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 sets out a new audit framework for local public authorities which are currently covered by the Audit Commission regime. Under the new audit framework smaller authorities, including parish councils, internal drainage boards, charter trustees and port health authorities, with an annual turnover not exceeding £25,000 will be exempt from routine external audit. In place of routine audit, these smaller authorities will be subject to the new transparency requirements laid out in this Code. This will enable local electors and ratepayers to access relevant information about the authorities' accounts and governance.

3. The Government considers that publication of the items in this Code will provide the local electorate and ratepayers with a clear picture of the activities of these smaller authorities. Most of this information is already produced by the majority of smaller authorities with a turnover not exceeding £25,000, and the Government therefore considers that compliance

Mon, 01 Dec 2014

Transparency Code Reminder

Transparency fund reminder email attachment

Fri, 28 Apr 2017

Transparency Fund Application Form 2017-18

Transparency Fund Application Form.UPDATED JULY 2017

All completed applications should be returned to

Wed, 19 Jul 2017

Transparency Fund Training Presentation

This presentation is a short overview of the Transparency Fund, what it is for, and how to apply.

Tue, 01 Nov 2016

Tree Charter Toolkit

New Tree Charter Toolkit

The Charter for Trees, Woods and People Toolkit developed by NALC, provides guidance for parish, town and community councils on good practice for trees in the UK.

This guidance supports the Woodland Trust Charter for Trees and should enable local councils to work in conjunction with both Neighbourhood Planning and Tree Warden Scheme strategies.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018