Strategic Documents

Model Publication Scheme

Witney Town Council Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

General Power of Competence

The General Power of Competence (GPC) is a power of first resort enabling parish and town councils who have adopted it to do anything that individuals generally may do, that is, very broadly, anything that is not otherwise prohibited by law.

Restrictions in law which apply to the use of the GPC include the duties on councils to act to prevent crime and disorder, to respect human rights, to consider biodiversity and to protect personal data.

Witney Town Council adopted the GPC at its meeting held on 23 March 2016. This power remains with the Town Council until the Annual Meeting following each ordinary election; it can then be readopted at that Annual Meeting if the council is still eligible. In order to be eligible for the GPC there are two criteria that must be fulfilled

    • At the time when the GPC is adopted, at least two thirds of the total seats on the council must be held by members who stood at the last ordinary election or a subsequent by-election, i.e. council members who have been elected (even if unopposed) rather than co-opted or appointed.
  • The Clerk must hold either the Certificate in Local Council Administration or an equivalent qualification.

Council Documents

Procedural Standing Orders

Witney Town Council Standing Orders

Committee and sub-committee Terms of Reference

Committees Terms of Reference 2019

Code of Conduct

Witney Town Council Code of Conduct

Complaints Procedure and Form

Witney Town Council Complaints Procedure

Witney Town Council Complaints Form

Register of Members Interests

Register of Members Interests 2015-2019

Delegated Authority – under review


Freedom of Information Policy

Information Security Policy

Records Management Policy

Data Protection Policy 

ICO Certificate 2019

Privacy Policy (See also our Privacy Page)

Privacy Notice

Filming and Recording of Meetings Policy

Witney Town Council Filming and Recording of Meetings Policy

Social Media Policy

Witney Town Council Social Media Policy

Financial Documents


Financial Regulations

Witney TC Financial Regulations 2016

Financial Year Ending 2017

Complete Annual Return for 2016-17

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2016-17

Financial Year Ending 2018

Annual Governance & Accountability Statement 2017-18

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2017-18

External Audit Report and Certificate 2017-18

Financial Year Ending 2019

Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2018-19

Exercise of public rights-18-19

Internal Audit report 2018-19

Notice of conclusion of Audit-19

External Audit Report and Certificate 2018-19

Asset Register

Asset List 2018

Budget 2019/20


Precept 2019/20

WItney Town Council Precept 2019-20

How Your precept is spent 2019-20

Payments over £500

Payments over £500 April 2017 to Dec 2017

Payments over £500 1st Apr – 31st Jun 2018

Payments over £500 1st Jul – 30th Sep 2018

Payments over £500 1st Oct – 31st Dec 2018

Grants Awarded

Grants awarded for the current council year can be found listed on a table on the Grants page under Services

Current Contracts

Staff Documents

Staffing Structure

Staffing Structure April 2019 

All policies and procedures regarding the Council staff are laid out in the Staff Handbook that can be viewed on request at the Town Hall.

Witney Town Council Training Development Policy

Training Needs Analysis Form

Official Site of Witney Town Council

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