The policies of the Village Council show the commitment of the Council towards effective governance. They are reviewed annually and/or as necessary to respond to changes to legislation or advice relating to good practice.
Advice and guidance comes from:
National Association of Local Councils (NALC)
Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC)
Sussex Association of Local Councils (SALC)
Joint Practitioners’ Advisory Group (JPAG)
Adopted 7th July 2020, reviewed and amended 4th May 2021
Standing Orders Relating to Virtual Meetings
Standing Orders cover the conduct and transaction of business at meetings of the Council (and any of its committees and sub committees). They are regularly revised and updated to reflect legislative amendments.
Adopted 6th February 2018 / amended 4th December 2018 and 5th May 2020
The Financial Regulations govern the conduct of the financial transactions of the Council.
Terms of Reference for Committees
Terms of Reference provide information on the nature of the committee and the extent of its duties and/or powers which have been delegated. Ashurst Wood Village Council currently has three committees:
Finance and Administration Committee
Public Services Committee
Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
Openness and Transparency on Personal Interests – a Guide for Councillors (DCLG)
Complaints against Village Council members under the Code of Conduct are dealt with by the Standards Committee of Mid Sussex District Council. Click here for more information.
Risk Assessments (RA) are working documents and can also be accompanied with ‘control checks’ which are subsidiary to RAs for example the Office Control Checks. The Council’s RA is a general overview with individual RAs for specific risks.
Risk Assessment -General RA – last reviewed by the Council February 2018
Financial Risk Assessment (latest review 5th May 2020) The Financial RA is carried out annually, usually in October.
Heath & Safety Policy
Youth Club Risk Assessment (see Youth Club pages for their policies)