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Policy Framework

The Local Government Act 2000 gives the full Council responsibility for approving the policy framework and the budget. The key statutory elements of the Council's framework are the Local Plan, the Local Transport Plan, and Licensing. A range of other plans and strategies are included in the council's policy framework, either by government recommendation or as a matter of local choice.


Council's policy framework, as approved by full Council - statutory items


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

View the Budget

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.

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

Local Transport Plan

Good transport is a vital factor in building strong and sustainable local communities and a successful economy.

View Local Transport Plan

Licensing Policy

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

View Licensing Policy

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.

View Local Plan Policy

Officer Pay Policy

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

Officer Pay Policy


Council's policy framework, as approved by full Council - local choice

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

View Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy

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.

View Anti-Money Laundering Policy

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.

View Code of Corporate Governance

Code of Practice on Covert Surveillance

The Council enforces the law in a number of areas. As part of this enforcement there will be occasions where surveillance of individuals or property is necessary to ensure that the law is being complied with.

View Code of Practice on Covert Surveillance

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

View Corporate Information Security Policy

Data Protection Policy

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

View Data Protection Policy

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.

View Health and Safety Policy

Income and Debt Management Policy

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

View Income and Debt Management Policy

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

The current strategic plan is dated 2018-2021

View the Strategic Plan

Previous Strategic Plan 2015-18

The previous strategic plan is dated 2015-2018.

View the Strategic Plan

Risk Management Strategy

This strategy outlines the Council's commitment to managing risk in an effective and appropriate manner.

View Risk Management Strategy

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.

View Policy on use of social media in RIPA investigation

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. The strategy aims to improve performance, reduce residual waste and increase recycling.

View Waste Vision and Strategy

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.

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