What is Governance?

Corporate governance is the system by which an organisation is directed and controlled.

A good governance structure will include as a minimum:

  • governance roles and responsibilities
  • clear governance standards by which an organisation will be governed
  • a mechanism for measuring an organisation's performance against its governance standards.

To be successful the Council must have a solid foundation of good governance and sound financial management.

Corporate Governance Arrangements

Basildon Council is committed to ensuring good governance principles and management practices are adopted in all business activities to ensure public trust.

The Local Code of Governance

Our Local Code of Governance provides a public statement that sets out the way in which the Council will meet and demonstrate that commitment.

The Governance Assurance Framework

Our Local Code is underpinned by a Governance Assurance Framework which comprises the policies, procedures, behaviours and values by which the Council is controlled and governed.  The Council's Governance Assurance Framework sets out in more detail how the Council will seek assurance on its adherence to the adopted principles of governance.

The Annual Governance Statement

Basildon Council's Annual Governance Statement provides assurances over the Council's Governance arrangements, together with identifying areas of future focus and improvement. The purpose of the Annual Governance Statement is to report publicly on the extent to which the Council complies with its own local code of governance. It identifies those areas where we can and will do more to ensure that we have effective governance arrangements that enable the organisation to deliver on its commitment to improving lives of all residents and creating opportunity and prosperity for local people and businesses.