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Code of Governance

Cornwall Council is committed to the principles of good corporate governance identified by CIPFA/ SOLACE in their “Delivering Good Governance in Local Government” Framework. Corporate Governance is a term that is used to describe how organisations direct and control what they do. Good corporate governance requires Councils to carry out their functions in a way that demonstrates accountability, transparency, effectiveness, integrity, impartiality and inclusivity.

Cornwall Council’s local Code of Corporate Governance brings together a set of legislative requirements, governance principles and management processes which ensure achievement of the seven core principles identified in the CIPFA/ SOLACE framework. These principles are:

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  1. Behaving with integrity, demonstrating commitment to ethical values and respecting the rule of the law.
  2. Ensuring openness and comprehensive stakeholder engagement.
  3. Defining outcomes in terms of sustainable economic, social and environmental benefits.
  4. Determining the interventions necessary to optimise the achievement of outcomes.
  5. Developing the Council’s capacity, including the capability of its leadership and the individuals within it. 
  6. Managing risks and performance through robust internal control and strong public financial management.
  7. Implementing good practices in transparency reporting and audit, to deliver effective accountability.

Each year the Council assesses the effectiveness of its Code of Governance

Some of the key documents within the council’s local code are set out below: