All Saints Parish Council gains top award

PUBLISHED: 07:54 02 August 2016 | UPDATED: 07:54 02 August 2016

Paul Hayward

Paul Hayward

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Village authority is given Quality Foundation status

All Saints Parish Council has been given Quality Foundation status – one of only six local authorities in Devon to achieve the accolade.

The award from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) demonstrates that the authority has the required documentation and information in place for operating lawfully and according to standard practice.

The council also has policies for training its councillors and officers and so has the foundations for improvement and development in place.

The council’s Proper Officer, Paul Hayward, who joined in September, said: “The members and I have reviewed all of the council’s processes, policies and regulations to highlight any areas of concern and we are working together to provide the very best services for the residents of All Saints parish, while ensuring that local taxpayers are kept abreast of how, and why, the council needs to spend their precept.

“The council hopes to build on this accreditation and work towards the next stage - The Quality Award which, together with the full implementation of the Local Authority Transparency Code, and the parish council’s own nascent Neighbourhood Plan, will highlight the desire of the parish councillors to be open and forward in all matters relating to the business of the council, and to work with residents, local organisations, neighbouring parishes and higher authorities to make All Saints parish an outstanding place in which to live, work and play.

“I would like to thank Lesley Smith and John Vanderwolfe, of Devon Association of Local Councils, for their assistance, guidance and support during the application process.”


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