ANTRIM AND NEWTOWNABBEY BOROUGH COUNCIL
SCREENING OF POLICIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 75 OF THE NORTHERN IRELAND ACT 1998
OUTCOME OF POLICIES SCREENED
Screening Outcome (including any mitigation or alternative policies considered)
Community Development Grant Aid Programmes
To provide grant aid support to the community and voluntary sector.
Screened out without mitigation
Community Development Grant Aid Programmes 2015/2016
Community Development Grant Aid Programme 2016/2017
Community Festivals Fund Grant Aid Programme 2016/2017
Summer Intervention Grant Aid Programme
DEA Funding Programme
This programme addresses the needs of local residents as identified through a community planning process with Elected Members.
Planning and Enforcement Strategy
This is a new Council strategy which has been prepared following the transfer of planning powers to local authorities in April 2015.
Wedding Photography Policy for Antrim Castle Gardens and Sentry Hill
Wedding parties wishing to use the grounds of Antrim Castle Gardens and Sentry Hill for wedding photography may do so if they book in advance and pay the appropriate fee.
Arts and Culture Service – Meeting Room Bookings Policy
The Arts and Culture Service has a range of meeting rooms, function rooms and event spaces in its facilities which includes the conferencing facilities at Antrim Civic Centre and Mossley Mill, all of which are available for corporate and community hire.
Somme Centenary Grant Funding Programme
The scheme aims to provide small grants to groups within the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough for events and activities they wish to hold in commemoration of the Battle of the Somme.
Arts and Culture Pricing Policy 2015/2016
To operate a tariff of charges for the provision of facilities and services so as to recoup a reasonable proportion of Council’s expenditure in order to avoid an undue burden on ratepayers.
Free use of Facilities Policy
This policy is endorsed and overseen by Council, managed by the management team of the Arts and Culture Section of the Operations Department and implemented by the officers working in the Arts and Culture Section.
The aim of the Commemorative Programme is to provide members of the public or organisations a means to recognise and honour others through a lasting tribute by the purchase of a tree or bench (subject to conditions) dedicated to a special someone to be planted (or installed) in a park or cemetery.
Review of Leisure Membership Scheme
To improve and maintain health and wellbeing of staff. Promote the recruitment and retention of staff(reducing staff turnover and saving costs associated with recruitment and the loss of valuable skilled staff)
Leisure Grant Aid – Defibrillator Grant Applications
The Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) Leisure Small Grants Scheme
Leisure Centre Opening Hours
To improve service provision through availability of leisure facilities.
Renaming of New Mossley Mill Play Area
The renaming of council play area.
Valley Park Pricing and Facility Booking
The pricing procedures for council facilities.
Bike to Work Scheme
Staff scheme to acquire bicycles and safety equipment at a salary sacrifice. Promotes staff health and wellbeing through exercise.
Lillian Bland Pricing
Schedule of Charges 2016/2017
To operate a tariff of charges for the provision of facilities and services so as to recoup a reasonable proportion of Councils expenditure to avoid an undue burden on ratepayers.
Review of Cleansing Charges 2016
This is an annual review of Cleansing charges for 2016 including trade collection rates and bin replacement costs, to allow the Council to maintain financial stability.
Social Media Policy
This policy provides guidelines to regulate and manage the use of social media and Council business use of social media.
ANBC Flags Policy
This policy details the guidelines for the Flying of the Union Flag at Council premises.
Health and Safety Policy
The policy aims to set out the approach that Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council will take to meet its statutory obligations as required under the various Health and Safety legislation that is governed under including, but not limited to, the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978.
Treasury Management Policy
Under Regulation 6 of the Local Government (Capital Finance and Accounting) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011, councils have a statutory requirement to charge to their general fund an amount of Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) which it considers to be ‘prudent’ in respect of the financing of capital expenditure.
Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP)
The Local Government Finance Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 and the Local Government (Capital Finance and Accounting) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 requires the council, in carrying out its capital finance functions, to have regard to the CIPFA Treasury Management in Public Services Code of Practice and Cross-Sectoral Guidance Notes and the Prudential Code.
The council is therefore required to set out its Treasury Management Policy and Strategy and to prepare an Annual Investment Strategy which sets out the council’s policies for managing its investments and for giving priority to the security and liquidity of those investments.
ICT Digitalisation Strategy
This ICT Governance Framework has been established in recognition of Councils ever increasing reliance on technology to deliver efficient services aligned with the need to protect and secure the information contained within the Councils diverse systems.
Member Development Policy
Elected Members seek to serve the communities they represent and our ability to deliver value for money services and add real value to the leadership of the district depends on our commitment to provide continuous training and development of our elected Members to enable them to carry out their roles effectively.
Rehabilitative Return to Work PolicyScreening-Form-Return-to-Work
The Council is committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of its employees and sickness absence treated in a consistent and equitable manner in accordance with the Managing Attendance Policy.
The policy applies to all employees of the Council with the exception of the Chief Executive and those on probation for whom separate procedures apply. The policy will be invoked when disciplinary action is contemplated against an employee or employees in relation to misconduct. Matters of poor performance will be addressed within the Capability Policy.
This policy deals with those cases where an employee is lacking in some area of knowledge, skill or aptitude and is consequently unable to carry out the required duties of his/her job to an acceptable standard. It is used where there is a lack of ability rather than a deliberate failure to perform to the standards of work of which the employee is capable. Deliberate failure is dealt with under the Disciplinary Policy.
The following procedure has been devised to deal with issues which constitute, or are liable to constitute, a source of grievance to an employee or a group of employees.The objective of this procedure is to enable employees to resolve problems as near as possible to where they originated.
Dignity and Respect at Work
The aim of the policy is to prevent harassment and bullying in the workplace, provide guidance to resolve any problems should they occur and prevent recurrence.
Pay Protection Policy
The Council aims to support successful organisational change by providing for employees’ contractual pay to be protected where it is reduced as a result of organisation restructuring arising from or attributable to RPA related reform of local government.
Corporate Improvement Plan
The purpose of the Improvement Plan is to evidence that the Council is delivering its duty under the Local Government Act and focuses on eight improvement objectives – area of work were Council aim to make a significant difference to services and outcomes and to ensure ‘A Prosperous Place. Inspired by our People. Driven by Ambition’.
Performance Improvement Plan
The Council is committed to driving transformation, continuous service improvement, innovation and performance across all areas of the organisation.
A Performance Improvement Policy is required to assist in the alignment of our Community, Corporate, Performance Improvement, Service and Individual Plans which will be underpinned by the adoption of good practice that will focus on delivering improved outcomes for stakeholders.
For further information please contact:
Customer Accessibility Officer
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
50 Stiles Way, Antrim, BT41 2UB
T: 028 94463113 ext: 31020
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