Policies and Procedures

Dorset LEP is committed to being as transparent as possible about what we do and making all key policies and procedures available to all interested parties. On this page, you are able to find all relevant Dorset LEP policies and procedures. However, if you are unable to find what you are looking for, please be in touch.

Accountable Body and Section 151 Officer 

The Accountable Body for Dorset LEP is Dorset County Council. There is a service level agreement in place to manage this relationship, it is available here

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) have published guidance on the principles for Section 151 Officers in Accountable Bodies. You can view this guidance here

The Section 151 Officer is required to provide Government with an annual assurance statement, reporting on their work for Dorset LEP, this is available here.

Assurance Framework

Assurance Framework provides an overview of the agreement between DLEP and the Accountable Body (Dorset County Council) to ensure that all public funds delegated to the control of DLEP are spent with regularity and propriety. It also sets out to prove that funding delegated from national budgets is aligned with national regulations and guidelines.

The Assurance Framework focuses on five areas:

  • DLEP Governance and decision-making
  • Local Authority partnership working across the DLEP
  • Transparency
  • Accountability, overview and scrutiny
  • Ensuring value for money

For frequently asked questions, please click here.

For the full Assurance Framework, click here.

Government provides us with guidance in a National Assurance Framework here.

Code of Conduct

Board members must adhere to the Code of Conduct here.

Confidential Complaints Policy

If you have a complaint, please contact Kathryn Hill, guidance on our Complaints Policy is here.

Conflict of Interest

You are able to view Dorset LEP’s full Conflict of Interest policy here.

Board member Conflict of Interest forms are available to view/download from their individual profiles here.

Senior members of Dorset LEP core team have also completed Conflict of Interest forms, these can be viewed here.

Handling confidential and exempt information

Our procedure for the publication of Meeting and Agenda items is available to download here

Request for letter of support

If your project is seeking a letter of support to accompany funding application the Dorset LEP Team will consider your project. Please fill out the form for our consideration.


You are able to view Dorset LEP's full Whistleblowing policy here



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