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The Council has a range of policies. Some are required by law, others are agreed locally.

  • A Plan or Strategy for the control of the Council's borrowing or capital expenditure

    This is considered under the requirement of the CIPFA Code of Practice on Treasury Management.

  • Anti-Money Laundering Policy

    We are committed to the highest possible standards of conduct and have, therefore, put in place appropriate and proportionate anti-money laundering safeguards and reporting arrangements.

  • Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy

    We are committed to the prevention of fraud, corruption and theft, whether by employees, contractors or members of the public

  • Budget

    The Council's budget is agreed by the full Council at its meeting in February each year.

  • Data Protection Policy

    A guide to the Council's implementation of the Principles set out in the Data Protection Act 1988

  • Corporate Information Security Policy

    Information resources are vital to Colchester Borough Council in the delivery of services to residents, businesses and visitors. Their availability, integrity, security and confidentiality are essential to maintain service levels, legal compliance and the public image and public perception of Colchester Borough Council. This policy is designed to provide an appropriate level of protection to the information for which Colchester Borough Council is responsible.

  • Enforcement Policy

    Colchester Borough Council has formerly signed up to the national 'Enforcement Concordat' (launched in 1999). This article explains what the document is and contains a downloadable copy

  • Equality and Diversity Policy

    We are committed to achieving equality of opportunity both as an employer of people and as a provider of services. We will strive to provide services that are appropriate, sensitive and accessible to everyone. We will not discriminate in employment or through service delivery. We are committed to working with partners and communities to promote good relations and to combat prejudice, discrimination, harassment and negative stereotyping.

  • Events Policy

    The events policy provides a clear framework for the consideration, programming and operation of a variety of commercial and community events across Council venues to enable a wide range of sporting, recreational, cultural, social and educational activities in line with the Council's strategic aims

  • Gambling Policy

    This Statement of Licensing Policy sets out our principles as the Licensing Authority under the Gambling Act 2005.

  • Genetically Modified Crops Policy

    We are concerned about GM crop trials within or close to Colchester borough and the potential hazard they pose to residents and the local environment.

  • Health and Safety Policy

    This policy commits the Council to carrying out its undertakings in such a way as to ensure that it is not harmful to the health and safety of its employees, contractors, and others persons not in the employ of the Council.

  • Housing Policies

    The Council has a range of policies relating to housing, tenancies and rents.

  • Income and Debt Management Policy

    This policy sets out how the Council will process income and recover debt.

  • Licensing Policies

    The policy sets out how the Council will handle/administer applications made under the Licensing Act 2003.

  • Local Code of Corporate Governance

    We recognise that effective local government relies upon establishing and maintaining the public's confidence in the elected councillors and staff and that the setting of high standards of self governance provides a clear and demonstrable lead to both our existing and potential partners, and therefore provides the basis of effective community governance.

  • Local Plan Policy

    Information relating to the policies and guidance which will guide the future development and growth of Colchester over the next 15-20 years.

  • Local Transport Plan

    The aim of the document is to develop an efficient, effective and sustainable integrated multi-modal transport network with identified measures to accommodate the transport needs of Colchester.

  • Officer Pay Policy

    All councils are required to have an officer pay policy, as part of the Localism Act.

  • Personnel Policies

    We want to continue to be a high performing Council with motivated employees who are proud to work here and make a difference to people's lives. We need to use our resources wisely to become known as a great employer where we draw on and develop the talent and skills we have in the organisation to be even better than we are in everything that we do.

  • Safeguarding Children and 'Adults with Needs for Care and Support'

    The Council recognises the key importance of safeguarding vulnerable groups and of raising awareness. We all have a duty to protect children and adults with needs for care and support.

  • Sex Establishment Policy

    The policy is intended as a guide to applicants, licence holders, objectors and the licensing committee. It provides information on what the Council expects to see in relation to an application.

  • Our Colchester - The Council's Strategic Plan 2018-2021

    This plan describes the priorities and direction for our borough. It sets out the Council's ambitious goals to help make Colchester an even better place to live, work and visit. We will work with many partners to get the best for our residents.

  • Use of social media in relation to Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) investigations

    This Policy sets the framework on which the Council may utilise Social Media when conducting investigations into alleged offences. This is an annex to the Code of Practice on Covert Surveillance.

  • Waste Vision and Strategy

    The vision provides a clear basis on which future decisions concerning how waste is managed in Colchester borough can be assessed.

  • Whistleblowing Policy

    The Council is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity, accountability and honesty. In line with that commitment we expect employees, councillors and others that we deal with who have serious concerns about any aspect of the Council's work to come forward and voice those concerns. This policy document makes it clear that employees and councillors can do so without fear of victimisation, subsequent discrimination or disadvantage.