Decision details

Local Code of Governance

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet considered a report of the Chief Executive reviewing the Council’s Local Code of Governance (now to be called ‘A simple and effective governance framework’).




1. That the revised Local Code of Governance – A simple and effective governance framework – as set out at Appendix A to the submitted report, be approved.


2. That the Council’s Constitution be updated to reflect the revised framework.


3. That it be noted that the work to help embed the principles of good governance will include a refresh to the Councillor/Officer Relations Protocol, as agreed by the Standards Committee on 3rd October 2019.


Reason for recommendations:


The Council is required to have in place a Local Code of Governance that sets out its governance framework.


Other Options:


Not adopting a revised simple and effective governance framework would mean the Council’s governance framework would lack clarity and would hinder delivery of the Southend 2050 outcomes.


Note: This is a Council Function

Eligible for call in to: Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee

Cabinet Member: Cllr Gilbert

Report author: Joanna Ruffle

Publication date: 08/11/2019

Date of decision: 05/11/2019

Decided at meeting: 05/11/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 16/11/2019

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