Local Councils are required by law to publish their policies online. Within this policy section, you can find out information on a broad range of matters including handling financial matters, tendering procedures, internal governance and appointment matters and statutory functions. Policies are regularly reviewed and amended by the Council's various committees. Further details concerning committee remits on policy, see the Council's Scheme of Delegation.
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Health and Safety Policy
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Council has a duty both as an employer and as a body corporate, to prepare, update accordingly and bring to the attention of its employees a written statement of its general policy with respect to health and safety at work.
Data & Document Retention Policy
The purpose of this Policy is to ensure that necessary records and documents are adequately protected and maintained. It ensures that records that are no longer needed by Witham Town Council, or are of no value, are discarded at the proper time.
Witham Town Council will, as far as is possible, hold all its meetings in their entirety in public and publicises all documents and details as outlined within this publication scheme.
The Council believes that equality for all is a basic human right and actively oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. The Council celebrates the diversity of Essex and is striving to promote and reflect that diversity within our organisation.
Freedom of Information Policy
This policy is managed in accordance with the Information Commissioners Office ‘Freedom of Information Code of Practice’ and sets out the rights and obligations of the Council in relation to the freedom of information.
Staff Code of Conduct
The public is entitled to expect the highest standards of conduct from all employees who work for local government. This Code outlines existing laws, regulations and conditions of service and provides further guidance to assist local authorities and their employees in their day-to-day work
Press & Media Policy
The purpose of this police is to define the roles and responsibilities within Witham Town Council for the working with the media and deals with the day-to-day relationship between the Council and the media.
Social Media Policy for Staff and Members
This policy explains the way in which members and staff are advised to use their social media accounts to avoid legal and reputational risk to both themselves and the council.
Services & Community
Freedom of Witham
The Town Council has the power to grant persons who have rendered eminent services, the freedom of the town. The Council can grant the honour by passing a resolution with a two thirds majority.
Be Safe Keep Safe
The Town Council is under a duty to consider the safety of the general public at large and recognises the need for positive action. We have formulated this policy centred around a four-point action plan to take positive steps towards crime reduction.
Witham Town Council by definition is the ‘local’ authority, and the Council places this mentality at the very heart of its work, defending local interests and positively promoting strong community cohesion.
Public Artefact Donation Scheme
This scheme allows local citizens, businesses and community groups the ability to donate any items of historical interest they may have in their possession to public ownership The Town Council will hold them in the Town Hall archives.
Grant Awarding Policy
Witham Town Council aims to offer funding towards projects and services that work in partnership with the Council's aims and objectives to provide maximum benefit to the community.
LGPS Employer's Discretions Policy
The Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations define the details of the scheme for members, employing authorities and the administering authority (Essex Pension Fund). This document sets out the Town Council’s position on both mandatory and non-mandatory discretionary policies.