Your Council

Who we are and what we do.

We are the Longridge Town Council within the district of Ribble Valley.

Contact details for Town Clerk, including address and telephone number are available via the Councils own website, displayed on Council notice-boards, and a hard copy will be supplied if requested.


What we spend and how we spend it.

  • Annual Return Form and Auditor's report.
  • Finalised budget/precept.
  • Financial Regulations.
  • Grants given and received.
  • List of current contracts awarded and value of contract.
  • Members' Allowances and expenses.
All the above are available by hard copy on request to Clerk for the current and previous financial year as a minimum.


What our priorities are and how we are doing.


The Action Plan published in 2004 sets out some of the aims of the partnership backed by the Town Council, this is currently under review.


Our Policies and Procedures.

Longridge Town Council have a set of policy documents they use and consist of the following:-

  • The Code of Conduct for members dated September 2014.
  • Standing Orders.
  • Financial Regulations
  • Risk Assessment Policy
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Health & Safety Policy
  • Complaints procedures
All the above are available by hard copy on request to the Clerk

 

How we make decisions.

Fortnightly Council meetings with information about these meetings are available on the Council’s notice-boards.

  • The agenda and minutes for these meetings are displayed on the Council’s notice-board, website or as a hard copy from the Council Office.
  • All reports presented at Council meetings (excluding information that is properly regarded as private to the meeting) are available in a hard copy only.
  • All responses to consultation papers are available via the Council’s minutes published online or in hard copy.
  • Longridge Town Council responses to consultations on planning applications are available on our website or in hard copy upon request. Or RVBC’s own website  to view planning applications for Longridge.
All the above information is available for the current and previous year as a minimum in hard copy.


Lists and registers.

  • We keep an Assets Register.
  • We keep a register of Members' Interest
  • We keep a register of Gifts and Hospitality
These are available by inspection only.


Schedule of Charges for Requests for Information

  • Photocopying will be charged at 4p per copy.
  • Postage will be charged at actual cost of Royal Mail standard 2nd class postage.
  • Statutory fees in accordance with the relevant legislation.



 

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GDPR

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

 

What is GDPR? 

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union regulation that will replace the current Data Protection Act 1998 and comes into force on 25th May 2018.GDPR has been in development since 2012 by the European Union Parliament and the Trust to harmonise and strengthen the rights of data subject across Europe, including when data is transferred to third party countries. It will repeal existing data protection laws in all those EU member states and will replace the UK's Data Protection Act 1998.  The Regulation enhances the rights of individuals whose personal data is processed and allows for new changes such as the right to be forgotten and the right to erasure.

How does this apply to Town & Parish Councils?

The GDPR applies to all local councils and also to a parish meeting without a separate parish council because a local council and a parish meeting are public authorities. The GDPR states that organisations, including local councils and parish meetings will need to appoint a Data Protection Officer (“DPO”) if they meet certain criteria. Local councils and parish meetings will not fall into the definition of a ‘public authority’ for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018. The rationale for this according to the debates in Parliament is that local councils and parish meetings will not normally be processing personal data ‘on a large scale’. However larger local councils who do process personal data on a large scale may still have to appoint a DPO.
 

GDPR Data Breaches

Organisations will have a duty to notify the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) within 72 hours of any breaches ie where they have inadvertently shared someone's personal data with a third party. These breaches can result in severe financial penalties for an organisation.

 

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