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Statutory Documents  »  

There are strict rules which govern how the Council is managed. Statutory documents relating to these rules will be listed below.

Freedom of Information Act

Publication Scheme under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

The purpose of this publication scheme is to be a means by which the Council can make a significant amount of information available routinely. The scheme will ensure that the council will publish more information proactively, and help it to develop a greater culture of openness and transparency.

This authority’s key responsibilities are to represent the electorate of its area, to take action within the legal framework and to provide a leadership focus for the community.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 received Royal Assent on 30th November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities. A ‘public authority’ is defined in the Act, and includes but is not restricted to central and local government, non-departmental public bodies, the police, the National Health Service, and schools, college and universities. Any person who makes a request to a public authority for information must be informed whether the public authority holds that information and, subject to exemptions, supplied with that information.

Individuals already have the right of access to information about themselves under the Data Protection Act 1998. As far as public authorities are concerned, the Freedom of Information Act will extend this right to allow public access to all types of information held. New legislation came into force in 2008 requiring that Town/Parish Councils adopt a mandatory publication scheme to be operational from 1st January 2009. Further details are available from the Information Commissioner’s Office web site.

Powers and Duties

The Parish Council does not have major powers to carry out policies but it is able to advise and put pressure on the larger authorities in respect to the present and future development and condition of the Civil Parish area. The Council is also able to organise, within the confines of its budget, schemes to improve the social life of the Parish.

The below documents can be printed for reference, but cannot be altered, and are published in accordance with Crown Copyright regulations.

- CCTV Code of Practice - Information Commissioner's Office - version 1 May 2015

- List of Statutory Duties placed on Local Authorities by DCLG legislation - DCLG June 2011

- List of Statutory Duties placed on Local Authorities by Other Departments' legislation - DCLG June 2011

- Review of the Responsibilities of Local Government - DCLG June 2011

- Surveillance Camera Code of Practice - Home Office June 2013

- The Good Councillor's Guide - 4th Edition 2013 - preparation funded by DCLG

- Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities - DCLG December 2014 


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PCNET.Model Publication Scheme.pdf (55.1KB) PCNET.Model Publication Scheme.pdf 55.1KB PDF
PCNET.Powers and Duties of Parish Councils.pdf (41.2KB) PCNET.Powers and Duties of Parish Councils.pdf 41.2KB PDF
Gt Oakley PC  Members Code of Conduct 2012.pdf (49.4KB) Gt Oakley PC Members Code of Conduct 2012.pdf 49.4KB PDF