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The Council's plans and policies

The strategies, policies and plans page of this website hosts most of the strategies, plans and policies that guide Council business and operations.



The Constitution sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. Some of these processes are required by the law, while others are a matter for the Council to choose. The Constitution is divided into 15 Articles which set out the basic rules governing the Council‘s business. More detailed procedures and codes of practice are provided in separate rules and protocols at the end of the document.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for each of the Council’s committees are set out, along with the responsibilities of Full Council, in Part 3 of the Constitution.

Standing Orders

The Standing Orders set out in Part 4 of the Constitution are the rules of procedure for Full Council and its Committees. They govern how business is conducted at meetings, setting out the rules of debate, the order of business and procedures for dealing with questions, motions, amendments and voting.

Member Code of Conduct

The Member Code of Conduct, which is found in Part 5 of the Constitution, defines the standards of conduct which are required of members of the District Council in carrying out their duties, and in their relationships with the District Council and the District Council‘s officers. The Code represents the standards against which the public, their fellow members, and the Council‘s Overview and Scrutiny Committee acting as Corporate Governance Standards Committee will judge their conduct. If any person has a complaint or concern about the conduct of a Member of the Council in relation to the Code of Conduct, they can submit a complaint to the Council.

Protocol for Member Officer/Relations

The Protocol for Member/Officer Relations, which is found in Part 5 of the Constitution, guides Members and Officers of the Council in their relations with one another. It seeks to enhance and maintain the integrity (real and perceived) of local government and therefore demands very high standards of personal conduct.

Changes to the Constitution

The Council is responsible for approving any alterations to the Constitution. Such changes can reflect decisions of the Council, decisions of committees or changes to national legislation.

In order to keep the Constitution up to date as a central reference point for the rules by which the Authority operates, the Council has delegated power to the Head of the Paid Service to amend the Constitution as required to reflect decisions of the Council, of its Committees or legislative changes.


The Financial Strategy sets out the overall shape of the Council's budget by establishing how available resources will be allocated between services, reflecting Council and community priorities and therefore providing a framework for the preparation of annual budgets.

The focus of the Financial Strategy is on medium and long term planning and decision making for the future. Whilst the Strategy includes specific proposals for a particular financial year, there should not be an over concentration on just one year's budget. This Strategy seeks to avoid year on year budget setting and use of short term/one off measures to balance the budget. It is a Strategy for the future, to ensure effective resource planning and the delivery of Corporate Objectives.

In particular the Financial Strategy:

  • sets out the Council's medium term financial aims and the measures to be taken to ensure they will be achieved
  • sets out the Council's approach to delivering improved services and value for money over the next few years
  • describes the Council's arrangements for developing the financial strategy, including;
  • The identification and prioritisation of spending needs
  • The key financial influences on the medium term financial planning and the assumptions made in developing the plan
  • The challenges and risks associated with the plan and how the Council will deal with them
  • sets out the Council's policy on reserves and balances
  • identifies the resource issues and principles, which will shape the Council's Financial Strategy and annual budgets

The Financial Strategy covers all revenue and capital spending plans of the Authority.


The Local Government Ombudsman looks at complaints about councils and some other authorities and organisations, including education admissions appeal panels and adult social care providers (such as care homes and home care providers). It is a free service. They investigate complaints in a fair and independent way and do not take sides.

Key facts about the Ombudsmen:

  • There are three Local Government Ombudsmen in England
  • They make their decisions independently of all government departments, bodies they investigate and politicians
  • They examine complaints without taking sides. They are not consumer champions
  • They are appointed by Her Majesty the Queen
  • They have the same powers as the High Court to obtain information and documents
  • Their decisions are final and cannot be appealed. However, they can be challenged in the High Court if it is thought their reasoning has a legal flaw
  • They do not have to investigate every complaint received, even if they have the power to do so. For example, they may decide not to investigate if they think the problem mentioned has not affected someone significantly
  • Their investigations are private
  • Their findings are published, but people are not identified in the published information
  • They are committed to providing a fair service and spending public money effectively
  • They do not charge for using their service
  • When they find that a body they have investigated has done something wrong, they may recommend how it should put it right. Although they cannot make bodies do what they recommend, the bodies are almost always willing to act on what they say

To access this information go to Local Government Ombudsman.


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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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