Information on the accessibility of various facilities - shops, theatres, leisure centres etc. - within the local authority area. In the UK this information is often provided in conjunction with DisabledGo.
The local authority is expected to provide information via its web site in a way which is accessible to all citizens and to advise citizens of the steps it has taken to meet the required government standards on accessibility
The Aim of an Area Waste Plan (AWP) is to contribute to the sustainable development of the area by developing waste management systems that will control waste generation, reduce its environmental impact, improve resource efficiency, stimulate investment and maximise the economic opportunities arising from waste. The AWP covers all types of waste (household, commercial, industrial) but initially focuses on municipal waste (MW).
A local administration may create and publish laws and regulations applying to their local area which are legally binding. Such byelaws cannot be in direct contravention of any national law.
Preparation of a community strategy to promote and improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the local area and to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development. In Scotland legislation places duties on local authorities - to initiate, facilitate and maintain Community Planning. Local authorities have a duty to develop a comprehensive Community Plan along with relevant stakeholders to promote or improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of their areas and contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in Scotland.
Provision of a means for local residents and businesses to comment or complain about any of the services it provides. Complaints may be about the quality of the service, delays in providing the service, discrimination or the behaviour of council staff or council representatives.
It is a legal requirement for a public sector organisation to have a constitution which sets out how the organisation will operate and the procedures that are followed to ensure that decision making is efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.
Regulations to cover the collecting, storing, processing and distribution of personal data. It gives rights to individuals about whom information is recorded. The local authority is responsible for ensuring that they comply with the terms of relevant legislation.
The council should have an Emergency Plan in order to deliver services during a major incident which poses a threat to the welfare of the community. It is the role of the council to support the emergency services in the case of a major incident. Officers should be on call 24 hours and coordinate the councils response during a major incident.
The local authority is committed to sustainable development through its local UN agenda 21 process in which it continuously improves its services, policies and practices to contribute to a better quality of life. In the UK Agenda 21 covers social progress, environmental protection, use of natural resources and economic growth.
The LA is responsible for ensuring that equality and diversity is considered at all times both in employment policy and in the provision of services. Every authority should assess, and consult on, the impact of policy in relation to equality and diversity within their community
The local authority provides information on the availability of public information and documents held by the authority and advises citizens how to request public information an authority may hold.
The Local Development Framework provides the planning framework for the consideration of planning applications within a local authority area.
The local authority prepares local plans to address conservation and development issues and set out policies on these matters. Local plans provide the basis for making decisions on planning applications.
The local authority undertakes to maintain a full and steady flow of information to the media and will respond to requests from the media for interviews with councillors, staff or representatives of the council.
Every local authority in the country has a legal duty to publish a minerals local plan. The plan should provide detailed development control policies relating to minerals working and the treatment and disposal of waste.
The procurement process spans the whole cycle from identification of needs, through to the end of a services contract or the end of the useful life of an asset.
Councils must hold a list of information assets suitable for re-use. They must provide licences and may charge a fee where appropriate for the information.
The needs, resources, options and priorities for housing in the borough
A Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP) is a plan which outlines the preferred surface water management strategy in a given location. In this context surface water that occurs as a result of heavy rainfall describes flooding from sewers, drains, groundwater, and runoff from land, small water courses and ditches
Regulating and maintaining Sustainable Drainages Systems (SUDS) . Approving and maintaining surface water drainage systems on new developments and providing developers with advice on sustainable drainage.
A costed and affordable 5-year implementation programme of schemes and policy measures to improve transport in the local area. The plan should contain a set of targets and performance indicators and other outputs which can be used to assess whether the plan is delivering its objectives.
All public bodies have a duty to ensure that their use of resources is economic, efficient and effective. A value for money review typically takes account of the mix of quality, cost, resource usage, fitness for purpose, timeliness, convenience plus a measure of the cost of goods and services to judge whether or not, together, they constitute good value. A report on any review or key points from a review are published for information.
A Waste Local Plan is a statutory plan that addresses the land-use aspects of waste management. It deals with all waste managed in the area including that generated by businesses and the construction industry in addition to that produced by households. In Scotland National Policy Planning Guideline 10 (NPPG 10) establishes that the land use implications of waste management will be addressed by an area's local plan(s) and that policy will incorporate the objectives of the National and Area Waste Strategy.
Waste reduction is a priority in most administrative areas and there are usually government backed initiatives to achieve waste reduction and recycling targets. In the UK nappy waste prevention is prioritised in the government's Waste Implementation Programme (WIP), May 2003. The real nappy campaign and home composting have been chosen to lead the government's waste reduction strategy.