Decision details

Local Code of Corporate Governance

Decision Maker: Chief Executive Officer

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Chief Executive Officer recommended formal approval, under his emergency delegated decision making powers, of the Local Code of Corporate Governance (Appendix A to the report) “Corporate Governance” which was considered at the informal meeting of Audit Committee Members on 21 March 2022.

In this decision, the Chief Executive Officer is providing formal approval of the Local Code of Corporate Governance under paragraph 4.1(m) of the Officers’ Delegation Scheme, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, the Executive Member for Central Services, the Corporate Director Strategic Resources and the Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services).

By whom: Richard Flinton (Chief Executive Officer), under his emergency delegated powers and after consultation with Members and External Members of the Audit Committee.

Reasons for the decision:

Under his delegated decision making powers in the Officers’ Delegation Scheme in the Council’s Constitution, the Chief Executive Officer has power, in cases of emergency, to take any decision which could be taken by the Council, the Executive or a committee.

Following on from the expiry of the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the 2020 Regulations”), which allowed for committee meetings to be held remotely, the County Council resolved at its meeting on 5 May 2021 that, for the present time, in light of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic circumstances, remote live-broadcast committee meetings should continue (as informal meetings of the Committee Members), with any formal decisions required being taken by the Chief Executive Officer under his emergency decision making powers and after consultation with other Officers and Members as appropriate and after taking into account any views of the relevant Committee Members and all relevant information. This approach has been reviewed periodically since that time and will be further reviewed by full Council at its May 2022 meeting.

The Chief Executive Officer took all relevant information into account in exercising his emergency delegated powers in this matter, including considering the views of the Members and External Members of the Audit Committee.

The reasons for the decision in this matter are detailed in the attached report.

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 22/04/2022

Date of decision: 21/04/2022