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Open government

We have a commitment to open government and freedom of information.

We believe that public discussion of our policies and the services we provide is an important part of effective local democracy.

So we give as much information as we can to local people and the media.

You have a legal right to see the background information to our decisions and to see the decision-making process in action.

You're only excluded from meetings when we discuss confidential or exempt matters such as personal details of individuals or any financial or business matters.

Here we explain how you and the media can find out what you want to know from us and detail the main points of the law.

If you'd like to make representations about the fact that a particular item is to be considered in private then you should contact us, email: or tel: 01629 538327.