Name: Openness Regulations
Description: Openness Regulations
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Openness Regulations

The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 are designed to make local authorities more transparent to their local communities. Regulation 7 requires that certain types of officer decisions are recorded and made available to the public.

What will be published?

We will publish a record of:

  1. a specific express delegation to an officer from the General Assembly of the Council, Cabinet, Committee or Board; and
  2. Key Decisions taken by Officers under delegated authority; and
  3. subject to the exclusions referred to below, a decision (other than a Key Decision) made by an officer under delegated authority and the effect of the decision is to:

(a)  grant a permission or licence; or

(b)  affect the rights of an individual e.g a compulsory purchase order; or

(c)  award a contract or incur expenditure which has a value of £500,000* or more.

*Reviewed annually at the Budget Meeting

The record will comprise:

  1. the decision taken and the date it was taken;
  2. reason(s) for the decision;
  3. if any alternative options were considered and rejected;
  4. a list of background documents; and
  5. where a decision has been taken under a specific delegated authority under 1. above, any conflict of interest a councillor has declared.

Please note that you will not be able to see background information or report considered to be either confidential or exempt.

Exclusions

We will not publish:

  • routine administrative and organisational decisions;
  • decisions on operational matters such as changes to services, fees and charges* etc.;
  • decisions on HR proposals;
  • decisions which are required to taken by law e.g grant of an application where no objections have been submitted, including tacit consent;
  • decisions to give business relief to individual traders;
  • decisions to review the benefit claims of an individual applicant;
  • decisions to issue parking permits;
  • decisions to issue penalty charge notices, fixed penalty notices and regulatory notices e.g. abatement, enforcement, ant-social behaviour etc.;
  • decisions to institute legal proceedings;
  • decisions on property related matters (excluding compulsory purchase order matters);
  • decisions where there is a right to review, including judicial remedy;
  • in the opinion of the relevant Director, other purely administrative or operational decisions concerning our day to day workings.

*Reviewed annually at the Budget Meeting

Where we already publish information on our website e.g  the Planning Portal,  in accordance with Local Government (Transparency Requirements) (England) Regulations 2015 and/or in registers open to the public, we will not republish the information.

How to request information

A record of officer decisions is published on our website.  Requests for an electronic or paper copy of the written decision and background documents must be made to the Council in writing, either by letter or Online: Contact the Customer Services Team.  Alternatively, you may arrange to inspect the record, during office hours, at our offices, situate at the Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent DA1 1DR. We welcome calls by NGT Relay.

You can ask for a copy of any documents (providing they are not categorised as confidential or exempt) relating to the decision and we will supply the information once you have paid for the postage, copying or any other necessary reasonable charges for transmission, which will be determined by us in accordance with our Schedule of Charges PDF, 220.08 KB.

Last Updated: 19th July 2018 Print Link

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