New committee system
At its meeting on 11 December 2013, Cambridgeshire County Council resolved to make a change to its governance arrangements to adopt a committee system with effect from 13 May 2014.
In accordance with Schedule 2, Chapter 4 of the Local Government Act 2011, the Council has published a notice in local newspapers serving the Cambridgeshire area notifying the change in governance arrangements.
The Council’s new Constitution
The County Council has agreed a new Constitution to reflect the change in governance arrangements. The contents of the new Constitution, which takes effect from 13 May 2014, are set out below
The contents of the Constitution are set out below:
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If you have any questions about keeping the constitution up to date please contact [email protected] or telephone 01223 699 180.
Scheme of Authorisation
The Scheme of Authorisation enables Executive Directors who hold delegated powers to authorise officers within their Directorates to undertake functions which lie within the scope of those powers. The Executive Director has discretion to decide which officers to authorise to exercise which powers/functions provided that the powers and functions are within the Director's delegated powers under the Constitution.
However, the Executive Director remains responsible for the decisions taken on their behalf and must ensure that the officers whom they authorise are suitably qualified and experienced to undertake the function. Each Director is required to maintain a scheme of authorisation for their directorate listing the authorisations granted. Below are copies of the schemes of authorisation currently in place.
Code of Corporate Governance
Good governance is about how the County Council ensures that it is doing the right things, in the right way, for the communities it serves. Cambridgeshire County Council is committed to upholding the highest possible standards of good corporate governance, believing that good governance leads to high standards of management, strong performance, effective use of resources, increased public involvement and trust in the Council and ultimately good results.
The Governance Framework comprises the systems and processes, and cultures and values by which the Council is directed and controlled and through which it accounts to, engages with and, where appropriate, leads the community. It enables the Council to monitor the achievement of its strategic objectives and to consider whether those objectives have led to the delivery of appropriate cost-effective services.
The Council’s Code of Corporate Governance complies with a framework for governance standards as developed by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA) and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE). The Council undertakes an annual review of its compliance with the Code which is reported through an Annual Governance Statement published as part of the Council's annual financial statement.
Corporate governance of Cambridgeshire is based on the following principles:
- Focussing on the purpose of the Council and on outcomes for the community and creating and implementing a vision for the local area.
- Members and officers working together to achieve a common purpose with clearly defined functions and roles.
- Promoting values for the Council and demonstrating the values of good governance through upholding high standards of conduct and behaviour.
- Taking informed and transparent decisions which are subject to effective scrutiny and risk management.
- Developing the capacity and capability of members and officers to be effective.
- Engaging with the local people and other stakeholders to ensure robust public accountability.