FORWARD PLAN OF KEY DECISIONS
The forward plan sets out decisions that are termed as “key decisions” at least 28 calendar days before they are due to be taken by the Black Country Executive Joint Committee. Preparation of the Forward Plan helps the Black Country Executive Joint Committee to programme its work. The purpose of the Forward Plan is to give plenty of notice and an opportunity for consultation on the issues to be discussed. The Plan is updated each month with the period of the plan being rolled forward by one month and republished. The plan is available for public inspection at Walsall Council’s First Stop Shop, Civic Centre, Walsall. The Forward Plan can also be accessed from Walsall Council’s website at: http://cms.walsall.gov.uk/index/council_and_democracy/black_country_joint_committee.htm The Black Country Executive Joint Committee is allowed to make urgent decisions which do not appear in the Forward Plan, however, a notice will be included on the agenda for the relevant meeting which explains the reasons why.
The Forward Plan does not list all decisions which have to be taken by the Black Country Executive Joint Committee only “key decisions” which are those decisions which have a significant effect within the community or which involve considerable expenditure or savings. With regard to key decisions the Council’s Constitution states:
In these regulations a “key decision” means an executive decision, which is likely:
to result in the relevant local authority incurring expenditure which is, or the making of savings which are, significant having regard to the local authority ‘s budget for the service or function to which the decisions relates; or
to be significant in terms of its effects on communities living or working in an area comprising two or more wards or electoral divisions in the area of the relevant local authority.
In determining the meaning of “significant” for the purpose of paragraph (1) this will be if it results in incurring expenditure which either exceeds that included in any approved revenue or capital budget, or results in the Council incurring expenditure, or the making of savings which are equivalent to or more than 5% of any approved revenue budget or 10% of a capital budget, subject to a de minimus level of £100,000.
Please note that the decision dates are indicative and are subject to change. Please contact the above addressee if you wish to check the date for a particular item.
The Black Country Executive Joint Committee agenda and reports (including background papers) are available for inspection by the public 5 days prior to the Black Country Executive Joint Committee. These papers can be seen at Walsall Council’s First Stop Shop, Civic Centre, Walsall and also on Walsall Council’s website following the link above. The report also contains the name and telephone number of a contact officer.
Meetings of the Black Country Executive Joint Committee are open to the public. Occasionally there are items included on the agenda which are confidential and for those items the public will be asked to leave the meeting. The Forward Plan will show where this is intended and the reason why the reports are confidential. Enquiries regarding these reasons should be directed to the Chief Executive, Walsall Council – 01922 652089.