Good governance leads to good management, good performance, good stewardship of public money, good public engagement and, ultimately, good outcomes for citizens and service users. Good governance enables an authority to pursue its vision effectively as well as underpinning that vision with mechanisms for control and management of risk. All authorities should aim to meet the standards of the best and governance arrangements should not only be sound but also be seen to be sound.
Governance is about how local government bodies ensure that they are doing the right things, in the right way, for the right people, in a timely, inclusive, open, honest and accountable manner. It comprises the systems and processes, and cultures and values, by which local government bodies are directed and controlled and through which they account to, engage with and, where appropriate, lead their communities.
Each local government body operates through a governance framework which brings together an underlying set of legislative requirements, governance principles and management processes.
This document sets out Thurrock Council's Local Code of Governance (the Code) and the process for monitoring and maintaining it. This Code provides the framework for the Council to achieve its aims and objectives. It is designed to reflect the six core principles are taken from The Good Governance Standard for Public Services (2004) developed by the Independent Commission on Good Governance in Public Services with support from the Office for Public Management and CIPFA, adapted for local government purposes.
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