The Forward Plan lists the key decisions likely to be taken by the Cabinet and Council. The plan is updated monthly and is prepared on a rolling monthly basis to cover a period of approximately 4 months. It also identifies who, if anyone, will be consulted before the decision is taken.
Where the key decision to be taken by the Executive that decision must not be made until the document has been published which describes the following:
A key decision is one which:
A key decision may not be taken unless:
Local authorities are required to specify 28 clear days in advance of a Cabinet meeting, reports that are likely to contain exempt information and result in the public and press being asked to leave the meeting for the consideration of that item or part of that item.
The law specifies the grounds upon which local authorities can exclude the press and public but these tend to be on matters about a person, information that would reveal their identity, contract matters that could reveal commercially sensitive information, consultations or negotiations relating to make relations, or information in connection with or preventing and detecting crime. The full list of exempt categories ease set out below.
Information falling within the above categories is exempt information if and so long as in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
Any reports that are likely to fit into the above categories are listed at the end of this document. The list will specify the paragraph that will require the press and public to be excluded where relevant. Each report refers to the date on which it is expected to be considered by the Cabinet. It will be made clear where the date is not known.
If you wish to make representations in relation to parts of the meeting being held in private you can contact Democratic Services on 01562 732728 or email email@example.com. At least five clear days before the meeting the Council will publish on its website details of any representations received about why the meeting should be open to the public and the statements of the Council’s response.
Should you wish to make representations on any other of the issues contained in the Forward Plan please contact the Lead Officer whose contact details are specified against each item or Democratic Services on 01562 732728 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Forward Plan is available for inspection, free of charge, from our offices. Alternatively, you can download a copy of the forward plan below. If you would like an earlier copy of the plan please contact the Democratic Services Office. You can also see and have a copy of any supporting document, referred to in the plan, (provided it does not contain exempt/confidential information) and you can ask to be kept informed of any more supporting documents as they become available.
You can make your views known in writing up to the day of the meeting to the officer named in the plan as the contact for the item.