An ethical framework for local authorities has been provided nationally. It is intended to help ensure high standards of conduct in local government.

All authorities have a responsibly for their own standards of conduct. All except parish/town councils are responsible for their own standards committee. In the case of Embsay with Eastby Parish Council, the Standards Committee of Craven District Council, in whose area the village is located, acts on its behalf and performs this important function.

All authorities are required to adopt a Member’s Code of Conduct consistent with a view approved by Parliament. Following their election, all councillors are required to give a written declaration that they will duly and faithfully fulfil the requirements of the role of councillor according to the best of their judgement and ability. Coupled with this declaration is the requirement to give an undertaking to observe the code as to the conduct which is expected of members of their authority.

Members of Embsay with Eastby Parish Council fully subscribe to this code. It is reviewed and confirmed by the Parish Council at the annual council meeting held in May of each year.

For the Parish Council’s Code of Conduct click here



Equal Opportunities

For the Parish Council’s Equal Opportunities policy click here

Freedom Of Information

Under the Freedom of Information Act, it is the duty of every public authority, including town and parish councils, to produce and publish a method by which specific information is made available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public.

In keeping with the intentions of Embsay with Eastby Parish Council to maintain an open and transparent council, members enthusiastically approved and adopted a generic model of a mandatory publication scheme in 2008.The Parish Council pleadges that it will regularly review the scheme and work towards providing those items of information on the scheme currently listed as being “in progress.” It also ensures that as many items of information as possible listed on the Publications Scheme will be made available on the Parish Council website.

For the Parish Council’s Freedom Of Information policy click here

Complaints Procedure
For the Parish Council’s Complaints policy click here


Standing Orders

Like other professionally run parish councils, Embsay with Eastby Parish Council makes standing orders to regulate its business and proceedings and reviews them annually. The standing orders are based on a national model, published by the National Association of Local Councils. These standing orders enable the Council to make decisions based upon established precedents.

For the Parish Councils standing orders click here

Risk Assessment Register

Risk assessments are conducted because it is the law and it is a requirement of the Accounts and Audit Regulations applicable to all parish councils. Embsay with Eastby Parish Council recognizes that the need is deeper than this. The identification, assessment, monitoring and control of risk is at the core of good management in any organisation.

A council which addresses the needs of its community and is entrusted with public money to do so should seek to adopt and apply the best practices of corporate governance.

In recognition of this professional attitude, Embsay with Eastby Parish Council has adopted a “modern” Risk Assessment Register, one which includes risks with management or organisational aspects.

For the Parish Council’s Risk Register click here