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Public Accountability

A local council is a public authority under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  All town councils must have a publication scheme which details how it makes the information it holds available to the public.   The town council should also have a procedure for handling complaints.

If you feel any Town Councillor is or has not acted to an acceptable standard you are entitled to make a complaint. The link to make a complaint is below.

http://forms.thanet.gov.uk/standards-complaint-form

The Local Government Transparency Code was issued meet the desire to place more power into citizens’ hands to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services.

Transparency is the foundation of local accountability and the key that gives people the tools and information they need to enable them to play a bigger role in society. The availability of data can also open new markets for local business, the voluntary and community sectors and social enterprises to run services or manage public assets.

Westgate-on-Sea Town Council is committed to published more than the minimum requirements of the code and below you will find links to this information.

Powers & Policies

Town councils have various statutory powers which originate from legislation made from before 1894 to present day.  The council can choose which power it exercises and adopts a policy to show how it will perform this function.

The one statutory duty a town council has is to provide allotments.  The Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908- deals with the Provision of Allotments, Powers of Councils and Acquisition of Land.

The  Allotments Act 1925- specifies that land purchased or appropriated by local authorities for use as allotments must not be disposed of without Ministerial consent. The Secretary of State must be satisfied that 'adequate provision will be made for allotment holders displaced by the action of the local authority, or that such provision is unnecessary or not reasonably practicable'. (Section 8)

Below is a list of the powers available to Westgate-on-Sea Town Council and the policies it has adopted to discharge its functions.

Policies, powers, regulations and orders

Parish Council Orders Feb 2015 File Uploaded: 31 January 2019 5.2 MB Statutory Powers File Uploaded: 22 February 2019 164.5 KB Model Standing Orders 2020 File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 517.3 KB Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegations 2020 File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 292.1 KB Financial Regulations 2020 File Uploaded: 17 February 2021 378.8 KB Publication Scheme 2020 File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 177.3 KB Code of Conduct 2020 File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 369.3 KB Complaints Procedure 2020 File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 155.3 KB Councillors Email Policy File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 155.1 KB Cyber Policy File Uploaded: 14 March 2020 132.5 KB Data Protection Policy File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 224.4 KB Disciplinary Policy 2021 File Uploaded: 7 April 2021 268.6 KB Equality and Diversity Policy File Uploaded: 14 March 2020 162.3 KB Expenses Policy File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 152.3 KB Grievance Policy 2021 File Uploaded: 7 April 2021 208.2 KB Health & Safety Policy File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 454.3 KB Lone Working Policy File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 267.2 KB Press and Media Policy File Uploaded: 14 March 2020 183.5 KB Privacy Policy File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 497.6 KB Procurement Policy 2021 File Uploaded: 7 April 2021 194.6 KB Record Management & Retention Policy File Uploaded: 7 April 2021 235.9 KB Recruitment Policy File Uploaded: 5 February 2020 141.9 KB Request for Information Policy File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 173.2 KB Safeguarding Policy 2020 File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 228.4 KB Smoking Policy File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 150.5 KB Social Media Policy 2020 File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 222.9 KB Staff Email and Communication Policy File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 221.5 KB Training and Development Policy File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 238.9 KB Vexatious Policy File Uploaded: 16 February 2021 214.9 KB Virtual Meetings Policy File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 151.4 KB Volunteer Policy 2020 File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 420.1 KB Website Policy 2020 File Uploaded: 5 February 2021 187.5 KB