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Policies and strategies

What are policies and strategies?

Policies clarify and communicate the position taken by us on a particular issue, ensuring compliance with legislation, a focus on service development, improved service delivery and efficiency and safeguard the council, employees and service users.

Strategies, or plans, focus on the medium to long-term priorities of the council, or council and its partners. They look to the future, define outcomes, take a long-term view and outward look. They take into consideration local, regional, national and global factors.

Our policies and strategies

Our key policies and strategies are listed below. The links provided will either take you to the host web page where the document and further background information will be available or directly to the document itself.

If you require further information please contact the Commissioning and Strategic Support team by email at or by phone on 01472 313131.

Air Quality Strategy

Last reviewed/published: 14/10/2015, next planned review: 30/09/2017

Anti Fraud Strategy

The council uses this strategy to advise and guide Members and staff on its approach to the serious issues of fraud and corruption.

Anti Money Laundering Policy

The council’s money laundering policy explains what money laundering is and the legal and regulative framework that is in place to govern it.

Anti Bribery Policy

This policy provides a coherent and consistent framework to enable the council’s employees to understand and implement arrangements enabling compliance.

North East Lincolnshire Carers’ Strategy

Last reviewed: 30/04/2017, next planned review 31/12/2020
Sets out the vision to support carers in North East Lincolnshire

CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) strategy

Last reviewed: January 2020, next planned review December 2023

Charging and Financial Assessment for Adult Care and Support Services (including Direct Payments Policy)

Next review planned: 31/03/2019
For charging and financial assessment for all service users that receive care and support services, following an assessment of their individual needs and their individual financial circumstances.

Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy

Last reviewed: December 2016, next planned review December 2018
This strategy sets out to address such issues and ensures that all children and young people in North East Lincolnshire live in a safe environment away from risk and harm.

Children Looked After Strategy

A Partnership strategy for Children Looked After and Care Leavers in North East Lincolnshire 2019 – 2022.

Children Looked After Sufficiency Strategy

The strategy sets out how we intend to meet its Sufficiency Duty for the children we look after, improve the quality and choice of placements, ensure value for money and minimise the likelihood of suitable placements being unavailable locally.

Children, Young People and Families Workforce Development Strategy 2016 – 2019 (PDF)

Children, Young People and Families Workforce Development Strategy (On a page – Word document)

Last reviewed/Published: August 2016

Community Safety Partnership Plan 2017 – 2020

Published: 01/09/2017
Understanding what matters most to local people, what makes then safe and feel safe is at the heart of this plan. Together we want to build safer and stronger communities where people feel included and able to get involved no matter what their background. Where local people can get along together, can achieve and prosper and go about their daily lives feeling proud about the area they live, work and play.

Contaminated Land Strategy 2016

Published: 22/12/2016
The Contaminated Land Strategy sets out how the local authority manages its responsibility to regulate land where contamination is causing unacceptable risks to human health or the environment.

Corporate Asset Management Plan 2018 – 2021 (PDF, 759KB)

Last reviewed/published: April 2018, reviewed: December 2020

The Corporate Asset Management Plan (CAMP), production and implementation, is essential in supporting North East Lincolnshire Council to achieve its corporate vision and outcomes. The CAMP seeks to demonstrate to all stakeholders the aims and objectives of the Council in owning and managing its property and land assets.

Corporate Parenting Strategy

Last reviewed/published: 01/07/2013
The strategy demonstrates the council’s commitment to ensuring that the life chances of every child and young person in its care are improved in line with their peers through the provision of effective support that addresses disadvantage and enables them to reach their full potential.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme Sanction Policy 

Last reviewed/published: August 2018
To support consistent and robust decision making in applying sanctions to instances of Council Tax rebate fraud.

Commercial Counterfeiting Policy (PDF)

Last reviewed/published: 01/03/2013, next planned review: 31/08/2016

Digital Strategy 2016 (PDF)

Last reviewed/published: 23/08/2016
The strategy aims to make real a NEL digital by default approach. Digital by default means those digital services that are so straightforward and convenient that all those who can use them will choose to do so whilst those who cannot are not excluded.

Discretionary Rate Relief Policy (PDF)

Next planned review date: January 2020
A policy which outlines factors considered when deciding entitlement to Discretionary Rate Relief.

Domestic Abuse Strategy

Last reviewed/published: 2015, next planned review: 2018
This plan outlines how are we going to tackle domestic violence and abuse within North East Lincolnshire.

Economic Strategy (PDF)

Currently under review

Education Strategy (PDF)

Last reviewed/published: 01/12/2013, next planned review: 01/03/2016
The council’s vision for the future of education in North East Lincolnshire. It is fundamental to improving educational attainment and skills across the borough and raising the aspirations of all our children and young people.

Empty Property Strategy

Published: August 2020The Empty Property Strategy outlines our ambition to bring empty properties back into use, working with our partners to provide the right housing in the right place.

Environment Policy Final June 16 (PDF)

Last reviewed/published: June 2016

Food Health Service Plan (PDF)

The Food Health Service Plan refresh 2017 to 2018. Visit the Environmental health and food hygiene webpages for more information.

Gambling Licensing Policy

Last reviewed/published: 31/01/2013, next planned review: 31/07/2018
The policy outlines how the Licensing Authority will consider and determine applications under the Gambling Act 2005.

General Statement of Enforcement Policy (PDF)

Last reviewed/published: April 2020
This document contains the council’s statement of policy in respect of all forms of enforcement, legislative or otherwise, carried out by council officers and the framework upon which any action should be based.

Good Neighbours Strategy (PDF)

Last reviewed/published: 01/01/2014
A coherent approach to recreate good neighbourhoods that give older people a sense of belonging and having a worth in their community.

Green Space Strategy (PDF)

Last reviewed: 2016, next planned review 2021
The Green Spaces Strategy establishes the role the council and its partners play in directing the management of green spaces in North East Lincolnshire and guides the future
development of its parks and open spaces, making sure they continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of the community.

Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013 – 2016

Last reviewed: 31/01/2017
Sets out our approach to health and well-being, focusing more on prevention and early intervention.

Housing Assistance Policy

Published: 01/12/2017
The Housing Assistance Policy sets out how the council will provide grants and loans to vulnerable residents in the borough, to enable independent living for all eligible residents and improve housing conditions for vulnerable owner occupiers.

Humber Housing Strategy (PDF)

Last reviewed/published: 30/06/2012, next planned review: 01/04/2014
The strategy has been developed by the Humber Housing Partnership (HHP) to provide a strategic framework for the sub region to ensure co-ordination of housing led interventions designed to meet the needs of people living and working in our sub region.

ICT Strategy

Last reviewed/published: 19/08/2016
ICT Strategy for North Lincolnshire Council and North East Lincolnshire Council developed to reflect our shared priorities.

Indoor Sports Facility Strategy (PDF)

Last reviewed/published: May 2017, next planned review: 2030
North East Lincolnshire work to create a carefully planned network of indoor sports facilities that are well managed and maintained and which through community participation contribute to enhancing the quality of life and sense of well-being of all sections of the community.

Joint Procurement Strategy

Last reviewed/published: 30/12/2013
This Joint Procurement Strategy sets out the direction which will help to ensure that together our procurement continues to deliver excellent value that supports the attainment of both councils’ transformational and financial plans.

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

Last reviewed/published: 01/04/2015
The strategy aims to build resilience with the community to be better prepared for flooding before it happens.

Local Transport Plan

Last reviewed/published: 01/04/2011
The Local Transport Plan sets out the vision, policies, strategies and priorities for the improvement of highways, access and connectivity of the local transport system.

Medium Term Financial Plan

Last reviewed/published: 26/02/2015

Municipal Waste Management Plan – Summary 2016-2019

Last reviewed/published: 01/04/2016, next planned review: 31/12/2019
This Municipal Waste Management Plan Summary provides an overview of the measures that North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) intents to implement to build on the progress made to date on resource management and further enhance:

  • The services provided to residents; and
  • The sustainability of the management of Local Authority Collected Waste (LACW) arising in the area

Municipal Waste Management Plan – Technical Plan 2016-2019

Last reviewed/published: 01/04/2016, next planned review: 31/12/2019

This is the Technical Plan that sits below and supports the Municipal Waste Management Strategy Summary document.

NELC & NELCCG Joint Commissioning Strategy for SEND 

Last review; April 2018.  Next planned review; Dec 2020

The purpose of this document is to formalise and reinforce our approach to joint commissioning for SpecialEducational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) with NELC, NELCCG and other partner agencies to meet our strategicrequests in line with SEND code of practice 2014 and  provide value for money, drive efficiencies and ultimatelyimprove the lives of children, young people and their families in North East Lincolnshire.

NELC – Statement of Licensing Policy

Last reviewed/published: 31/03/2015, next planned review: 31/12/2020
Supports decision-making by the council in terms of determination of licences, certificates and notifications that aim to promote the licensing objectives.

North East Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Vision and Priorities (PDF)

Last reviewed/published: March 2017
Vision of all citizens of North East Lincolnshire living independently with their rights and wellbeing protected, in safety, free from abuse and the fear of abuse.

Northern Lincolnshire Child Death Review Arrangements 2019/20

Published: June 2019

Official Food and Feed Controls Service Plan (PDF)

The Official Food and Feed Controls Service Plan refresh 2017 to 2018. Visit the Environmental health and food hygiene webpages for more information.

Outcomes framework and priorities 2018 – 2019

Last reviewed/Published: June 2018

Pay Policy Statement

A policy statement that covers a number of matters concerning the pay of the council’s senior staff.

Playing Pitch Strategy (PDF, 2MB)

Last reviewed: March 2021
North East Lincolnshire work to create a carefully planned network of playing pitch facilities that are well managed and maintained and which through community participation contribute to enhancing the quality of life and sense of well-being of all sections of the community.

Prevention and Early Help Strategy 2019 – 2021 (PDF)

Last reviewed: 16/10/2019, next planned review: 17/10/2021
This strategy sets out North East Lincolnshire’s ambition for the development of prevention and early help, aiming to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and families and ensuring that the right support is given at the right times.

Property Policy 2020 (PDF, 243KB)

Last reviewed/published: February 2018, reviewed December 2020
Property is North East Lincolnshire Council’s most important non-people resource and property costs are the second largest cost after staffing costs. Property provides the means by which the Council delivers its services and manages its business.

Risk and Opportunities Management Policy (PDF)

Last reviewed/published: 01/04/2017, next planned review: 31/03/2019

Safeguarding Policy 2017 (PDF)

Published: January 2017, next planned review: December 2018

Social Value policy (PDF)

Published: April 2019, next planned review: April 2020

Social Value Toolkit (PDF)

The toolkit for 2017 to 2019.

Special Needs and Disability Provision Policy (PDF)

Sets out North East Lincolnshire Council provisions in meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs.

Traffic Regulation Order Policy

Last reviewed: October 2018

Treasury Strategy and Policy

Last reviewed: March 2017, next planned review: February 2018
The management of the council’s investments and cash flows, its banking, money market and capital market transactions; the effective control of the risks associated with those activities; and the pursuit of optimum performance consistent with those risks.

Use of council land and open spaces policy

Published: May 2020

Value for Money Strategy

Last reviewed/published: 31/03/2015, next planned review: 31/03/2017
Our value for money strategy is designed to ensure that we are making the best possible use of our resources by providing a strong and deliverable approach to improving value for money.

Waste and Recycling Collection Service Policy

This policy outlines North East Lincolnshire Councils commitment to provide a good waste and recycling service, which represents value for money and meets the needs of our residents and public.


Last reviewed/published: 31/07/2015
This policy document seeks to cover both disclosures and allegations of wrongdoing made by employees and members of the public.

Working Together to Safeguard Children

Visit the Local Safeguarding Children Board website for more details.

Young and Safe Service Plan (PDF)

Last reviewed: April 2016, next planned review March 2018
Young and Safe service plan refresh 2016 to 2018.

Contact details

Commissioning and Strategic Support Unit, Municipal Offices, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HU


Telephone: 01472 313131

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm, except bank holidays