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A concordat for communication and consultation with Members

Introduction

The issue of effective communication and consultation between officers is crucial to ensure that Elected Members have all of the necessary information they require in order to fulfil their elected role. This Concordat for Communication and Consultation with Members sets out how Members will access meeting and decision related information and provides guidance to officers as to when they should consult with Members and offers practical tips as to how this should and should not be done.

The Concordat covers issues relating to:

  • provision of information to members
  • consultation with members
  • do's and don'ts regarding communication and consultation
  • decision recording systems
  • consultation with external consultees
  • monitoring arrangements