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Forward Plan of Cabinet Decisions
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About the Forward Plan of Key and other Cabinet Decisions
The Council is required to publish a Forward Plan of all key decisions to be taken in the following four months. The first Plan commenced on 01 November 2001 and is updated monthly. Since April 2004 the Forward Plan has been expanded to show details of all decisions that the Cabinet intends to take.
The Plan shows:
- When those decisions will be made
- Who will make the decisions
- What the consultation arrangements are
- What documents relating to those decisions are available
The Council has determined that the Cabinet will make decisions collectively and individual Councillors will not therefore make decisions on their own other than in cases of urgency. The Council has determined that officers will not be taking key decisions on behalf of the Council or the Cabinet.
The Council has decided that key decisions will include decisions that involve expenditure or savings of above £250,000. It also includes decisions which although not having a significant financial effect nevertheless have a significant effect on communities living or working in an area comprising two or more wards.
If a matter which is likely to be a key decision has not been included in the Forward Plan, then the decision may still be taken subject to certain conditions. These are set out in the Access to Information Rules 15 (General Exception) and 16 (Special Urgency) in the Council's Constitution. A notice under Rule 15 will be published as soon as possible once it is known that Cabinet is likely to be asked to make a decision on a matter that is not included in the published Forward Plan.
The current Plan, together with any notices under Rule 15, is available for download from this page. They are also available for inspection during opening hours free of charge at the Council offices at the Town Hall. Copies of the documents referred to in the Plan may be obtained from the contact officer whose name, address and telephone number appear on the Plan.
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Download the current Forward Plan of Cabinet Decisions