Officer Delegated Decisions at Dorset County Council
Officer delegated decisions are required to be published in line with The Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 and The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014. The Regulations require the council to record decisions taken by officers under delegated powers. The two sets of Regulations apply to slightly different types of decisions, as outlined below.
The Regulations came into force on 10 September 2012 and affect any decisions taken which relate to executive functions of the Council. This could include any decision that would be reported to the Executive if delegated powers had not been given.
These decisions must detail: The date of the decision, A brief description of the decision, The reasons for the decision, The decision maker, Details of any alternative options considered and rejected, Any conflict of interest declared by any Cabinet Member who had been consulted and Any dispensation granted by the Head of Paid Service in respect of any declared conflict of interest.
Decisions which are purely administrative or operational in nature do not need to be recorded.
The Regulations apply to decisions by officers on matters that are not Executive functions. The Regulations state that only certain decisions need to be recorded. These are decisions:-
(a) That have been delegated to the officer under a specific express authorisation, and those
(b) That have been delegated under a general authorisation and the effect of the decision is to grant a permission or licence, affect the rights of an individual or to award a contract or incur expenditure which materially affects the Council's financial position
These decisions must detail: The date of the decision, The decision itself, The reasons for taking that decision, Details of any alternative options considered and rejected and Details of any declarations of interest made by any member consulted by the officer or declared when granting the specific authorisation to take the decision.
As above, guidance indicates that administrative matters are not included.
Register of Decisions
The register provides a record of the delegated decisions by officers. Decisions are recorded as soon as reasonably practicable after the decision has been taken.
The previous register details all decisions recorded prior to the introduction of the 2014 regulations.