What are the principles of decision making?
The principles that underpin the Council's decision making process are:
- Actions should be proportionate to the outcomes.
- There should be proper consultation and professional advice taken from officers.
- All decisions should reflect respect for human rights.
- We should assume that our decisions will be made openly.
- We should be clear about our aims and what we want to achieve.
- We should always explain the reasons for a decision.
- We should consider equality and diversity.
All our decisions must be taken in accordance with the principles of :
Openness: Being open about the decisions and actions that the Council takes.
Responsiveness: Listening to all sections of the community and finding a balance that will best meet local needs.
Representation: The council should act in the interests of the whole community.
Stewardship: We should make sure that we use our resources carefully and lawfully, and in the interests of the community we serve.
Integrity: We should support councillors and council employees to follow the highest ethical standards.
Equality: We should make sure that everyone can access our services and that everyone receives the same quality service.