Quality Standard Award Level

The Quality Standard Award

To achieve the Quality Standard Award Level a council demonstrates that it meets all requirements of the Foundation Award and has additional documentation and information in place for good governance, effective community engagement and council improvement.  The Quality Award criteria include the eligibility criteria for the General Power of Competence.

The council confirms by resolution at a full council meeting that it meets all requirements for the Foundation Award and that it also publishes on its website:

1       Draft minutes of all council and committee meetings within four weeks of the last meeting

2       A Health and Safety policy

3       Its policy on equality

4       Councillor profiles

5       A community engagement policy involving two-way communication between council and community

6       A grant awarding policy

7       Evidence showing how electors contribute to the Annual Parish or Town Meeting

8       An action plan and related budget responding to community engagement and setting out a timetable for action and review

9       Evidence of community engagement, council activities and the promotion of democratic processes in an annual report, online

        material and regular news bulletins

10    Evidence of helping the community plan for its future

 

The council also confirms by resolution at a full council meeting that it has:

11    A scheme of delegation (where relevant)

12    Up to date insurance policies that mitigate risks to public money

13    Addressed complaints received in the last year

14    At least two-thirds of its councillors who stood for election

15    A printed annual report that is distributed at locations across the community

16    A qualified clerk

17    A clerk (and deputy) employed according to nationally or locally agreed terms and conditions

18    A formal appraisal process for all staff

19    A training policy and record for all staff and councillors