Corporate governance

South Kesteven District Council is committed to meeting best practice standards for good governance.

Our Local Code of Corporate Governance provides a public statement that sets out the way in which the council will meet and demonstrate our commitment.

pdf icon Local Code of Corporate Governance [814kb]

What is governance?

Corporate governance is the system by which an organisation is directed and controlled. A good governance structure will include as a minimum:

  • governance roles and responsibilities
  • clear governance standards by which an organisation will be governed
  • a mechanism for measuring an organisation's performance against its governance standards

We define governance as a well run council who provides high quality services by ensuring that the council listens and engages with its community. This will mean it can demonstrate the best value for money in achieving the right outcomes for our customers giving special consideration to those who may be vulnerable or hard to reach.

Good governance leads to good management, good performance and good stewardship of public money. It therefore enables the council to effectively implement its vision in accordance with its values and to engage effectively with its citizens and service users to ensure good outcomes for them. The council is here to provide services its residents need and want and to plan for the future. It's the council's role to help protect and enhance the special qualities of South Kesteven that make it one of the best places to live, work and do business.

Benefits of good governance

  • improved transparency - activities and decisions are open
  • more accountability - answerable for decisions and actions
  • better decision making - actions and decisions are more open, meaning future decisions will be under more scrutiny
  • complying with the law

How governance works in practice

Councillors and officers all have key roles in ensuring the council has good governance in place.  

Councillors are responsible for appointing the most senior officers of the council. These officers, the Chief Executive and the Strategic Management Team (SMT), are responsible for setting the council's objectives to meet the overall priorities, supervising the management of the council and reporting performance to councillors.