Part 4 - Rules of access to information about the County Council's formal business
Below are the rules of access to information about the County Council's formal business.
- 1 - Introduction
- 2 - The public's right to attend meetings
- 3 - The public’s right to obtain copies of the agenda to meetings and reports and documents that are to be discussed at meetings
- 4 - Sub-committees, panels and groups
- 5 - Decisions by the Leader of the Council, Cabinet Members and Officers
- 6 - Minutes of meetings and executive decisions
- 7 - Charges for the supply of agenda, reports and background papers
- 8 - The special rules that apply to “key decisions”
- 9 - Exceptions to the need to publish notice of a key decision 28 days in advance
- 10 - The general exception rule
- 11 - The special urgency rule
- 12 - Scrutiny committees
- 13 - Elected Members’ additional rights of access to information
- 14 - Additional rights of access to information by Scrutiny Committees
- 14 - Elected Members’ duty of confidence
- Appendix to rules on the public's right of access to information about the council's formal business
- Under the “general exception rule” a key decision that the Cabinet, Leader of the Council, Cabinet Member or an Officer acting under delegated powers wishes to make but is not and cannot practically be included in the document referred to in paragraph 15 may be made if the Chief Executive gives the Chair of the relevant Scrutiny Committee a written notice that a key decision will be made at least five clear days before that decision is made (i.e. excluding the day the notice is given and the date of the decision).
The notice given to the Chair of any Scrutiny Committee under this rule is made available for public inspection at Shire Hall, Gloucester at least 5 days before that decision is made, and also published on the Council’s web site.
As soon as reasonably practicable after giving such notice the Chief Executive must make available at Shire Hall and on the web site a notice setting out the reasons why it is impracticable to give 28 days’ notice of the key decision.