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What are the sanctions for failure to comply with the Local Authorities (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 which amends Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972?

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Produced in partnership with Matt Lewin of Cornerstone Barristers
Published on LexisPSL on 27/08/2019

The following Local Government Q&A produced in partnership with Matt Lewin of Cornerstone Barristers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What are the sanctions for failure to comply with the Local Authorities (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 which amends Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972?

As a general rule, meetings of local authorities (and their committees and sub-committees) should be open to the public and members of the public should be able to access the agenda, reports and background papers being considered at that meeting as well as the minutes of the meeting itself. This general rule can be found in sections 100A-100F of the Local Government Act 1972 (LGA 1972).

However, that general rule does not apply where ‘exempt information’ is concerned.

By LGA 1972, s 100I, ‘exempt information’ is information falling within the categories set out (for principal authorities in England) in LGA 1972, Sch 12A, Pt 1.

LGA 1972, Sch 12A was replaced by a brand new version of the schedule by the enactment of the Local Authorities (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 (the Order), SI 2

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