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Standing Orders

Standing Orders are the written rules of a Council.  They are used to confirm a Council’s internal organisational, administrative and procurement procedures and procedural matters for meetings. Although it is not a legal requirement it is recognised as good practice.

The Council reviews its Standing Orders annually.

Standing Orders 2023-24

Policies

To view Appleby Town Councils GDPR Policies and information on how Data is handled, click here.

All policies are regularly reviewed by Appleby Town Council. The below policies are current.

Community Engagement

The Council is committed to community engagement and supports and encourages the community to share their aspirations for the town with the Council.

Community Engagement Policy 2023

Equality and Diversity

The aim of this policy is to communicate the commitment of the Council, its Councillors and employees to meeting the Public Sector Equality Duty, which came into force on 5th April 2011.

Equality and Diversity Policy 2023

Social Media for Councillors Policy

The guidance outlined in this policy can help Councillors to use social media in connection with their work as a councillor, and to avoid any issues that might arise, as well as ensuring the use is effective, lawful and not compromising Council business or information.

Social Media for Councillors Policy 2023

Media

The purpose of this policy is to define the roles and responsibilities within the Council for working with the media and deals with the day-to-day relationship between the Council and the media.

Media Policy 2023

Electronic Communications Policy

This policy helps to ensure that all electronic discussions are productive and in line with Appleby Town Council’s Code of Conduct, and the GDPR policies (Data Protection Policy, Document Retention Policy and Privacy Policy).

Electronic Communications Policy 2023

Safeguarding Policy

This policy outlines how Appleby Town Council protects vulnerable people from harm, and what measures will be taken in the instance of non-compliance. This policy is applicable to all members of Appleby Town Council, including councillors, staff, volunteers and visitors.

Safeguarding Policy 2023

Health and Safety

The Council recognises and accepts its responsibilities as an employer for providing a safe and healthy working environment for all its employees, contractors, voluntary helpers and others who may be affected by the activities of the Council.

Health and Safety Policy 2023

Health & Safety Risk Assessment 2024-2025

Fire Safety Policy

The Council recognises and acknowledges its responsibility to take general precautions to protect the safety, so far as reasonably practicable, of its employees and anyone else potentially affected by its undertaking, against fire, dangerous substances which could give rise to fire and the effects of fire.

Fire Safety Policy 2023

Risk Assessment:

In accordance with the Financial Regulations the Council has a Risk Assessment which it updates and reviews annually.

Risk Assessment 2024-2025

Website Accessibility Policy

Appleby Town Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Website Accessibility Statement 2023

Civility and Respect Pledge

The intimidation, abuse, bullying and harassment of councillors, clerks, and council staff, in person or online, is unacceptable, whether by councillors, clerks, council staff, or public members. The effect of this bullying can prevent councils from running efficiently, councillors from representing local people, discourage people from interacting with the council and undermine trusts in local authority.

Within our local government sector, concerns have increased about the impact bullying, harassment, and intimidation are having on local councils, councillors, clerks, and council staff. A Civility and Respect working group has therefore been set up combat these concerns and to oversee the Civility and Respect Project.

Appleby Town Council pledges the council will treat councillors, clerks, employees, members of the public, and representatives of partner organisations and volunteers with civility and respect in their roles and that it:

  • Has put in place a training programme for councillors and staff
  • Has signed up to the Code of Conduct for councillors
  • Has good governance arrangements in place including staff contracts and a dignity at work policy
  • Will seek professional help at the early stages should civility and respect issues arise
  • Will commit to calling out bullying and harassment if and when it happens
  • Will continue to learn from best practices in the sector and aspire to be a role model/champion council through for example the local Local Council Award Scheme
  • Supports the continued lobbying for change in legislation to support the Civility and Respect Pledge including sanctions for elected members where appropriate