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There are strict rules which govern how the Council is managed. Statutory documents relating to these rules are 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 of the 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.

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Annual Returns (1.6MB) Annual Returns 1.6MB Folder
CODE_OF_CONDUCT_AUGUST_2015.pdf (259.8KB) CODE_OF_CONDUCT_AUGUST_2015.pdf 259.8KB Adobe Acrobat Document
Complaints.pdf (12.5KB) Complaints.pdf 12.5KB Adobe Acrobat Document
Financial_Regulations_MAY_2018.pdf (178.7KB) Financial_Regulations_MAY_2018.pdf 178.7KB Adobe Acrobat Document
Freedom of Information 2009.pdf (53.4KB) Freedom of Information 2009.pdf 53.4KB Adobe Acrobat Document
GDPR_SPC_PRIVACY_NOTICE_MAY_2018.pdf (209.2KB) GDPR_SPC_PRIVACY_NOTICE_MAY_2018.pdf 209.2KB Adobe Acrobat Document
Guide to Public Participation at Parish Council Meetings March 2015.pdf (182.7KB) Guide to Public Participation at Parish Council Meetings March 2015.pdf 182.7KB Adobe Acrobat Document
Model Publication Scheme.pdf (54.8KB) Model Publication Scheme.pdf 54.8KB Adobe Acrobat Document
Powers and Duties of Parish Councils.pdf (41.1KB) Powers and Duties of Parish Councils.pdf 41.1KB Adobe Acrobat Document
Risk Management Policy_Sept_2016.pdf (436.5KB) Risk Management Policy_Sept_2016.pdf 436.5KB Adobe Acrobat Document
Social Media Policy 23062014.pdf (87KB) Social Media Policy 23062014.pdf 87KB Adobe Acrobat Document
STANDING_ORDERS_OCTOBER_2016.pdf (397KB) STANDING_ORDERS_OCTOBER_2016.pdf 397KB Adobe Acrobat Document
TREE_MANAGEMENT_POLICY_NOV_2016.pdf (148.2KB) TREE_MANAGEMENT_POLICY_NOV_2016.pdf 148.2KB Adobe Acrobat Document