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How we make decisions

Here are the items in our publication scheme which relate to the category 'How we make decisions'.

It covers policy proposals and decisions, the decision making processes, internal criteria/procedures and consultations.

Timetable of council meetings

View our meetings diary for all scheduled dates, including previous years, for all committees. Details of cancellations will also be updated in our diary.

Agendas, minutes and reports

View agendas, officers' reports, background papers and minutes of Council Committee, Sub-Committee and standing forum meetings.

Major policy proposals and decisions

Major policy proposals and decisions will be submitted to the Corporate Leadership Team, Cabinet and Council for final approval. Details can be found under our forward plan.

Strong Leader, Cabinet Member and Officer Decisions

Pursuant Section 15(4) of the Local Government Act 2000, as amended by section 63 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, the senior executive member may discharge any of the functions that are the responsibility of the Cabinet or may arrange for them to be discharged by another member of the Cabinet or Officer. On 1st December 2010, the Council adopted the Strong Leader Model for Corporate Governance 2011 as required under Part 3 of The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (The 2007 Act).

View decisions made under our Strong Leader model or delegated to officers. 

Public consultations

All public consultations are made available on our consultations and e-petitions page.

Facts and analysis of facts considered when framing major policies

This information would be included in reports to Council, the Corporate Leadership Team and select committees.

Internal communications guidance

Where published, relevant information will be included in the section of the website specific to the topic. For example, decision-making criteria are often published in leaflets about the relevant service. Information relating to decision making can be found under the Constitution.

 The information available will identify the structure of the Council and its committees and how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. Some of these processes are required by the law, while others are a matter for the Council to choose. Information also includes the roles and responsibilities of each of the boards and committees.

We continue to assess our internal documents to determine when it is appropriate to make something routinely available as a publication. Any such document that is not currently published can be requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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