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Governance - the way the council operates

​​​​​​​Corporate Governance, Standards and Ethics at Rochdale Borough Council

What is governance?

Governance is about how we ensure we're doing the right things, in the right way, for the right people, in a timely, inclusive, open and an accountable manner.

It's important to recognise that effective local government relies upon establishing and maintaining the public's confidence in both the elected members (councillors) and officers (employees), and that it determines credibility and confidence in the services that we provide. Good governance incorporates all our activities, our priorities and strategic planning.

Overall responsibility for corporate governance rests with the council and in particular with the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive.

Read our council policies, plans and strategies

Why do we need governance?

Corporate governance is important because it's crucial to provide high-quality public services. It's important that our governance arrangements are transparent to all stakeholders. The following documents demonstrate key elements of our commitment to good governance:

What if I want to make a compliment or complain?

If you're unhappy with either a service received, an employee or a councillor use our complaints procedures to get in touch.


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