Governance

Governance guidance:

Convention rights The Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998) came into force in October 2000 and aims to give effect to the rights contained in the European Convention on Human...

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This Practice Note explains the powers available to deal with anti-social behaviour in an environmental context, in particular those introduced by the Anti-social...

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Local authority external audits in England are unique in the way they operate. They are more legalistic than the audits of companies and they extend beyond...

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The Auditor General for Wales is responsible for the audit of the accounts of local government bodies in Wales as part of their overall responsibilities for public...

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Capital finance differs from revenue finance as revenue expenditure has to be met from current income whereas capital expenditure can be met by borrowing or capital...

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Chairing meetings If the chairman of a local authority meeting (also referred to as the mayor or maer in a city or borough council where there is no directly elected...

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Any consultation exercise carried out by a public authority in relation to a proposed decision must be conducted at a time when proposals are at a sufficiently formative...

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Councillors require a great deal of information in order to exercise proper management of the local authority (LA). It is sometimes difficult to know what information...

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What is Council tax and what is its purpose? The council tax was introduced as the primary source of collecting income from local residents by local authorities in...

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Council tax was introduced as the primary source of collecting income from local residents by local authorities in England on 1 April 1993. The legislation also covers...

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ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note provides information on the data protection regime before 25 May 2018 and reflects the position under the Data Protection Act 1998...

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Introduction The Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998) imposes a duty on all public authorities in the UK to act compatibly with Convention rights. Where this duty is...

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Discussion of employment issues in local government fall into three areas: • normal employment law issues, such as those concerning discrimination, fair or unfair...

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The fluency duty With effect from 21 November 2016 there is a statutory requirement for workers in customer-facing roles in public authorities to be fluent in the English...

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ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note provides information on the data protection regime before 25 May 2018 and reflects the position under the Data Protection Act 1998...

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The freedom of information regime in the UK came fully into force in 2005, and is governed by the following key pieces of legislation: • Freedom of Information Act 2000...

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