If you are concerned that something wrong or dangerous is happening within the council, you can raise those concerns in confidence and without a fear of reprisals.
Governance is how we make sure that the council is doing the right things, in the right way, for the right people, in a timely, inclusive, open, honest and accountable manner.
We are committed to the principles of good governance. Our ongoing commitment and intentions are demonstrated in through our Local Code of Governance [51KB]. Other key documents that support the Local Code of Governance are the:
- Constitution (November 2014) [1MB]
- Anti Fraud and Anti Corruption Strategy [164KB]
- Anti-Money Laundering Policy [76KB]
Each year, the council is required to produce an Annual Governance Statement [251KB] that report our governance arrangements. This document is considered by the Cabinet, Audit Committee, Standards Committee, Leader and Chief Executive.
Corporate enforcement policy
The council carries out various enforcement functions. Our general approaches to enforcement are set out in our corporate enforcement policy [289KB] which has been prepared having regard to the Central Government Regulators code.
The council's Internal Audit services are now provided by Shared Internal Audit Services (SIAS). This is a partnership arrangement led by Hertfordshire County Council. SIAS provides audit services to this council and six other district/borough councils.
CCTV Procedure for the Release of Evidence
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) is one of the most powerful tools to be developed to assist with efforts to combat crime and disorder and enhance community safety.
Lists and Registers
We maintain a number of public lists and registers, which you can view.
These are our service standards for our regulatory work, including our Corporate Enforcement Policy. They have been prepared in accordance with the Government's regulators code.