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Local democracy - your rights

You have the right to:
Attend any meeting where decisions are being taken, except on those occasions when confidential or exempt matters are being discussed. This applies to the cabinet, all council committees, meetings of the council and overview and scrutiny committees.
To request to speak and ask questions at any meeting that you attend. Permission will be at the discretion of the chairman.
To inspect reports and background papers, except those relating to exempt or confidential matters, at least three clear days before the decision is taken
Express your views on any matter and for those views to be taken into account
Examine the council's accounts and contact the external auditor
Contact any councillor
Contact the council officer responsible for the service you are interested in
Look up the forward plan of key decisions
Draw up or sign a petition on any matter relating to the council's business
Tell us what you think about council services, or complain