Parish Councils were established as the first tier of local government in 1894 to take over local oversight of civic duties in rural towns and villages. Blofield Parish Council discharges its duties and powers within the law and according to its governance policies. These policies are reviewed annually.

governanceThe rules governing the behaviour of Parish councillors are set out in the Code of Conduct issued by central government in April 2007. Parish Councillors work to rules on how business is conducted, as set out in the Standing Orders and Financial Regulations adopted by the Parish Council.

The Risk Assessment allows the Parish Council to assess the risks that it faces and to satisfy itself that it has taken adequate steps to minimise those risks

The Communications Policy sets out the various mediums that the Parish Council has as its disposal to communicate to Parishioners along with setting out expectations for how each method of communication will be used.

The Implementing Neighbourhood Plan Policies document sets out how the Parish Council will use the Neighbourhood Plan when assessing matters concerning land use and planning applications.

The Managing Neighbourhood Plan Projects document provides a framework for the Parish Council to consider the projects that were identified from the Neighbourhood Plan process.

The Duties of the Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) document details what is expected of Blofield Parish Councils RFO.

The Annual Review of the Effectiveness of Audit document sets out the scope, independence, competence and internal controls for the effectiveness of internal audit.

The Annual Review of the Effectiveness of Internal Control of Blofield Parish Council document sets out the internal control, financial management, internal audit, external audit and review processes used by the council.

The Investment Policy articulates the approach to short term and long term prudent investments of temporary surplus funds on behalf of the community.

The CIL and S106 Project Prioritisation Policy guides the Parish Council in spending development money wisely and for the whole community.  Here is a Parish Projects Analysis that coincides with this policy.

The Complaints Proceedure explains how to make a complaint about the Council, the Clerk or members of Council along with the procedures the Council, Clerk and Complainant can expect to be followed.

The Disciplinary and Grievance Policy sets out how any issues the clerks have with the council or the council have the clerks will be handled.

On 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulations came into force.  The Parish Council has three main documents relating to this regulation which sets out how it handles your data.  These documents are below: –

General Data Protection Regulation Policy, General Privacy Notice and the General Data Protection Regulations Working Party terms of reference