Policies & Documents

The Governing Documents and Policies adopted by Sherborne St. John Parish Council are listed below - click on the headings to download them in PDF format

Standing Orders 

These are the rules of debate at Parish Council Meetings.

Financial Regulations

These set out the framework within which the Parish Council ensures responsibilities and sustainable management of the Council's finances. 

Code of Conduct for Councillors 

The Seven Principles of Public Life (also known as the Nolan Principles) apply to anyone who works as a public office-holder. This includes all those who are elected or appointed to public office, nationally and locally, and all people appointed to work in the Civil Service, local government, the police, courts and probation services, non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), and in the health, education, social and care services. All public office-holders are both servants of the public and stewards of public resources. The principles also apply to all those in other sectors delivering public services.

The Seven Principles of Public Life outline the ethical standards those working in the public sector are expected to adhere to. They were first set out by Lord Nolan in 1995 and they are included in a range of codes of conduct across public life.

When a Councillor takes up office, they must sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office which incorporates a written undertaking that they will abide by the Code of Conduct .

Following the Ledbury decion (High Court case of R (Harvey) v Ledbury Town Council 2018), complaints about a Member's Code of Conduct must be submitted to the principal authority's Monitoring Officer. Councils have no powers to deal with it.

Financial Regulations (to follow)

Financial & Management Risk Assessment 

Disciplinary & Grievance Policy (adoption of NALC model)

Disciplinary & Grievance Committee Terms of Reference

Disciplinary & Grievance Appeals Panel Terms of Reference

Equality Policy 

Freedom of Information Procedure