In accordance with Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 the council now has a requirement to give at least 28 clear days notice before a key decision is to be taken.
A key decision is an executive decision that is likely to:
- result in the council incurring expenditure or the making of savings (including the receipt or loss of income) over £350,000 in any one financial year.
- Have significant effects on communities living or working in an area comprising of two or more electoral wards or electoral divisions in the area of the local authority.
The government has not defined the term ‘significant’. Each council is free to make its own arrangements for decisions within the definition of a ‘key decision’.
Key decisions can be made by, or on behalf of, the council by:
- The Cabinet
- An individual Cabinet Member
- An officer of the council
- A committee of the Cabinet.
The council must publish a public notice at least 28 clear days before a key decision is to be taken.