As a statutory body, the Parish Council must act in accordance with specific law relating to local authorities.  To do this it helps to have some form of established procedure and corporate ‘memory’ to guide the council towards making good, transparent decisions within the local authority structure.

Documents used by the Parish Council to establish procedure and direct standards include the following:

Standing Orders 2024

Financial Regulations 2024

Members Code of Conduct 2024

Scheme of Delegation to EO and Committees 2024

Three year forward plan

Action plan for the year ahead 2024 -2025

General Power of Competence Policy

Other policies include the following:


Balances and Reserves Policy 

Grant Awarding Policy October 2020 – signed

Council Matters

Councillor Vacancies and Co-Option Procedure

Policy Protocol on Preapplication Meetings for Major Development


Data Protection Policy

BGPC GDPR Email Contact Privacy Notice

Freedom of Information policy

Press, Media & Social Media Policy

Publication Scheme October 2023

Retention of Documents and Records Management Policy

Community / Service Users

Community Engagement Strategy – January 2021 – signed

Child, Young Adult and Vulnerable Person Protection Policy

Complaints Policy January 2023

Vexatious Requests Complaints Policy


Risk Management Policy

Risk Assessment and Management Policy

Risk Register Review November 2023

Operational Risk Assessment

Communications Risk Assessment

Physical Meetings Risk Assessment for Covid 19

Instruction Guide for those attending Parish Council Meetings to meet Covid Compliance

Homeworking Policy 2023 – signed

Health and Safety

Health & Safety Policy 2023


Equal Opportunities Policy

Training Policy November 2023

Employee Appraisal Policy

Recruitment Equality Policy

Grievance Procedure

Disciplinary Procedure

Sickness Absence Policy

Volunteer Policy and Procedure

Member-Officer Protocol Dignity at Work