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Good governance - doing things properly

We provide vitally important services to our community and we are accountable and responsible for ensuring that it meets the highest standards with robust governance.

Our aim is to ensure that resources are directed in accordance with agreed policy and according to priorities. That there is sound and inclusive decision-making, with clear accountability to achieve the desired outcomes for service users and communities. 

As a Local Authority we have a responsibility for long-term sustainability, economic, environmental and the wellbeing of our residents and wider communities. 

Freedom of Information (FOI)

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides you access to information we hold as a public authority.

Privacy notices

Data protection legislation gives you more control over how your personal data is used.

Data matching

We are required by law to protect the public funds that we manage. We may share information given to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public money to help prevent and detect fraud.

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA)

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, or RIPA as it is commonly known, governs the use of covert surveillance by public bodies.


Information about the different types of referendums.

Assessing Community Impact

Whenever we are developing or considering making a change to policies, practices or services in the Borough which may impact on certain sectors of our communities, we need to demonstrate 'due regard' for equality and diversity.

Report suspected fraud

If you suspect that someone is committing fraud you should report it straight away.