Decisions taken by the Leader and Cabinet Portfolio holders
For operational reasons, some decisions cannot wait until the next meeting of Cabinet (or Council). In such circumstances, the relevant Portfolio Holder (or the Leader of the Council) has the authority to take the decision on an individual basis. A list of the recent decisions that have been taken are published on our website.
Notice of forthcoming Key Decisions
The Notice of Forthcoming Key Decisions contains details of all the matters which are likely to be the subject of a Key Decision by the Council over the next four months from the date when the Notice is published.
A Key Decision is defined as any decision which results in the expenditure or savings of £200,000 or more and have a significant effect on communities in two or more wards in the district.
The Notice of Forthcoming Key Decisions shows:
- when the decisions will be taken and who will take it
- who representations can be made to and how
- what arrangements are proposed to consult the public and other organisations about the decisions
- who you can contact about the decision
The Notice of Forthcoming Key Decisions is updated on a monthly basis.
Notice to hold a meeting of the Cabinet, or parts of it, in private
The Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 introduced new requirements regarding the procedures to be followed prior to private meetings of the Cabinet. The public may be excluded from meetings whenever it is likely that exempt (private) information will be disclosed. Exempt information includes information relating to personal privacy, information about Council negotiations for land, goods or services where disclosure would be likely to prejudice the Council’s position, information about legal proceedings, and investigation of crime and security matters.
Where a meeting of the Cabinet is to be held at which exempt information will be considered (and the press and public excluded from the meeting for that part of the agenda), a notice must be published at least 28 clear working days in advance of the meeting, stating which parts of the meeting will be held in private and list any representations made against such a decision. A notice in the form of the Cabinet agenda is issued 5 clear working days in advance of the meeting, stating which parts of the meeting will be held in private and list any representations made against such a decision.
The Notice of Exempt Cabinet Meetings is updated as needed, usually monthly.
General Exception Notices
These are notices of Key Decisions which have not been included within the Notice of Forthcoming Key Decisions but which must be taken before the start of the first month to which the next Notice relates. The General Exception Procedure stipulates that 5 days' notice of such decisions must be given.
Where a key decision is to due be taken but notice of this has not been given in the Notice of Forthcoming Key Decisions, a notice of the intention to take the decision must be published on the authority's website.
Kent and Medway Police and crime panel
The agenda and minutes for the Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel are held on the Kent County Council website, including the latest Annual Report.
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