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
- Council bodies may establish politically balanced sub-committees with the power to make any decisions that are formally authorised by the parent body. These rules apply to a meeting of a sub-committee and to any Cabinet committee that meets in public.
Sub-committees and Cabinet committees can be distinguished from panels established from time to time by council bodies, the Cabinet, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members on the basis that panels have no power to make a decision in respect of any Council function. Consequently, these rules do not apply to panels. This does not necessarily mean that meetings of these groups, their agenda and any documents they produce will not be open to the public. Rather it will be a matter for the parent body or the panel itself to decide whether and to what extent they should meet individual requests for access to information.
Groups are established by Officers to deal with a particular item of work or work area and do not include Members and operate in the same way as panels for the purposes of access to information.