Governance information for the Combined Authority
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Corporate governance is essential for effective control and accounting. The Combined Authority operates a system based on a framework of standing orders, financial regulations and administrative controls including codes of conduct and administrative policies and procedures.
The following Standing Orders have been adopted by the Combined Authority:
- Procedure Standing Orders deal with the conduct of the meetings and business of the Combined Authority; recording the decisions of the Combined Authority; application to the conduct of committees of the Combined Authority and matters such as quorum, order of business and conduct during meetings.
- Interim Addendum to Standing Orders (and protocol) - to cover new regulations under the Coronavirus Act 2020 to permit meetings to be held remotely during the period of the pandemic.
- Access to Information Annex
- Code of Practice for Recording Combined Authority Meetings
- Scrutiny Standing Orders govern the conduct of meetings of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the ambit of its terms of reference and the procedure for calling in decisions of the Combined Authority and its committees for scrutiny.
- Contracts Standing Orders govern how the Combined Authority procures goods and services and the proper procedures to be followed by officers of the Combined Authority.
The Combined Authority has in place Financial Regulations which govern how responsibility for management of budgets and expenditure is delegated within the officer structure of the Combined Authority.
Officer Delegation Scheme
The Officer Delegation Scheme sets out the functions which are delegated to officers by the Combined Authority.
Corporate Governance Code and Framework
The Combined Authority has adopted Corporate Governance Code and Framework which is consistent with the principles of the best practice guidance issued jointly by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) and is based on six core principles.
Code of Conduct for Members
The Code of Conduct for Members sets out the conduct that is expected of members in relation to their conduct in office and includes procedures for their declaration and registration of disclosable pecuniary interests.
The Combined Authority also has in place arrangements for dealing with allegations of a failure to comply with the Code of Conduct by members.
Conflicts of Interest
The Combined Authority and the LEP have recently endorsed a Conflicts of Interest Policy and Conflicts of Interest Protocol which set out the process which the Combined Authority and the LEP follow to demonstrate that applications from businesses for loans or grants are dealt with in an impartial, fair and transparent way. You can download these documents.
Code of Conduct for Officers
All officers of the Combined Authority are required to comply with a Code of Conduct.
The Combined Authority is committed to providing high-quality services for all members of the public, businesses and organisations. The Combined Authority is the accountable body for the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Members Allowances Scheme
The Combined Authority approved the current Members' Allowances Scheme at the annual meeting on 28 June 2018.
Allowances and expenses paid to members is available from our Freedom of Information page.
The Monitoring Officer of the Combined Authority is the Head of Legal and Governance Services, Caroline Allen, who can be reached on email or in writing at:
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
40-50 Wellington Street