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Transparency and Key Documents
Blyth Town Council’s Policies
Publication Scheme under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(Blyth Town Council’s Complaint Policy and the associated form are at the bottom of this section)
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.
There is also a Code of Practice document issued by the Cabinet Office that gives further information and guidance on the subject, and you can view that by clicking this link.
Powers and Duties
The Town 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.
Public Liability Insurance 2019
Declarations of Interest
All Councillors are required to complete a Declaration of Interest form and these are available to view on the Northumberland County Council website.
Blyth Town Council - Grants Awarded
Blyth Town Council - Property Lease
Annual Return Year Ending 31 March 2020
Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR)
Each year the Town Council is required to publish the unaudited AGAR together with the Notice of Public Rights - please see below both documents.
Annual Return Year Ending 31 March 2019
Annual Return Year Ending 31 March 2018
Annual Return Year Ending 31 March 2017
Publishing Payments Exceeding £250
Blyth Town Council are voluntarily publishing details of any expenditure over £250 (previously the amount was £500) on the website in accordance with the suggestion made by Central Government. Most of the information is already in the public domain, or available on request by members of the public.
The Town Council believes publication demonstrates its continuing commitment to transparency.
Blyth Town Council’s Complaints Procedure
Please complete the complaints form below and send it to the Town Clerk.
HONORARY FREEDOM OF BLYTH