Publication scheme

Service information

1 Who we are and what we do

Council constitution

The Council’s Constitution.

Council democratic structure

Information about the functioning and process of meetings (Council Meetings, Executive and other Committees). Information about decision-making and scrutiny.

Council directorate structure

Information about the various directorate areas within the Council, plus contact details for the Chief Executive and Corporate Directors.

Location and opening times of council properties

Information about locations, opening times and contact details of all the Council’s centres/buildings, which are there to enable the public to access Council services.

Currently elected councillors’ information and contact details

Currently elected councillors including party, membership of committees, address, telephone number and email contact.

Contact details for all customer-facing departments

Telephone numbers for customer contacts or one-stop shops.

Most recent election results

Election results indicating the political composition of the Council.

2 What we spend and how we spend it

Budgets

The Council prepares an annual budget which shows the expected revenue expenditure on services, and the income with which to fund that expenditure.

Capital expenditure

Capital expenditure is money spent by the Council on things such as roads, buildings and equipment. The Council and its residents receive the benefit from capital expenditure over a longer period than the current financial year.

Comprehensive income and expenditure Statement

This statement shows the cost in the year, in accordance with accounting regulations, of running Council services.

Contracts currently being tendered

Contracts currently available for public tender.

Contracts register

The contracts register keeps companies informed of potential contracting and sub-contracting opportunities. It also provides information about the Council’s service providers.

Internal financial regulations

Financial regulations under the Council’s Standing Orders, as contained in the Council’s Constitution.

Medium term financial strategy

The Medium Term Financial Strategy is approved each March at the same time as the annual budget is set. Its purpose is to set the financial framework for the Council for the medium term, considering the Council's strategic objectives and major projects, and it is an integral part of the Council's Corporate Plan.

Pay policy including Chief Executive and directors' pay scales

This Pay Policy Statement sets out the Council's approach to pay policy in accordance with the requirements of Section 38 of the Localism Act 2011. The purpose of the statement is to provide transparency with regard to the Council's approach to setting the pay of its employees (excluding teaching staff working in local authority schools).

Statement of accounts

The statement of accounts has been produced to make them easier to understand. Although the figures are based on the statutory accounts, they have been modified to provide more meaningful information.

Section 251/52

At the beginning of each financial year Local authorities (LAs) are required under section 251 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009, to publish a budget statement for that year. Section 251 replaces Section 52 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

Spending publication

Blackburn with Darwen Council publishes details of all payments to suppliers in response to the government's request that local authorities publish details of payments over £500 to external suppliers.

Treasury management strateg

The Council sets a Treasury Management Strategy before the start of each year.  This sets out the Council's planned approach to managing the risks associated with investment and borrowing, including limits to investments with different counterparties.

Fees and Charges Booklet

Financial Regulations require that Directors shall review the charges made for services under their control as part of the budget preparation process.  This is undertaken in conjunction with the portfolio Executive Members and the financial implications form part of the budget proposals.

3 What our priorities are and how are we doing

Annual reports

Annual reports submitted to the Annual Council and Finance Council.

Community cohesion strategy: 2010 – 2013 and community cohesion strategy summary

This strategy aims to provide an outline of the Local Strategic Partnership’s approach to community cohesion, integration and equality within Blackburn with Darwen.

Corporate plan

The corporate plan agreed by elected members on Thursday, August 30, 2012 sets out, for residents, staff and partners, the Council’s top priorities for the next three years.  It describes how the Council will continue to improve services and prepare for the difficult financial challenge ahead.

Crime and community safety

Includes crime statistics, crime trends, recorded & detected crime and road safety.

Educational attainment

The school achievement and performance tables provide a range of data.

Equality strategy 2012-2016 and Equality watch: equality monitoring report

An important part of quantifying our equality commitment is to monitor the workforce profile and service users experience as included in the Equality Strategy. Monitoring and analysing the workforce profile is crucial as it enables the Council to compare its workforce to its local demographics, identifying gaps or areas which need positive action which can then influence the Council’s Recruitment Strategy.

Health and well being

Includes resident’s health, low birth weights, teenage expectancy, mortality and physical activity.

4 How we make decisions

Agendas, reports, background papers and minutes of council committees

You will find information available here on The Executive Board, Council and Committee meetings, including agenda and minutes of those meetings

Membership of council committees and outside bodies

Public consultations

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council consults and engages with residents about a variety of issues using different methods. We do this because residents have a democratic right to have their say and because the views and opinions of residents can help us develop better services.

Recent council decisions

Committee decisions.

Timetable of council meetings

Committee dates for the current year.

5  Our policies and procedures

Data protection policy and Records management policy

This Data Protection Policy replaces the Councils previous Data Protection Policy, version 1.00. The Records Management Policy gives guidance for the retention and destruction of records, both in electronic form and on paper.

Equality and diversity

The Council has statutory duty to publish equality impact assessments which are needed to evidence the measures the authority is putting into place to meet the requirements stated in the Equality Act.

Policies for children, young people and families

Short breaks statement, family & friends, private fostering statement of purpose and continuum of needs & response.

Safeguarding adults policies, procedures and forms

Safeguarding adults procedures, SA1 safeguarding adults alter form, BwD Adults Safeguarding Policy and BwD Local Safeguarding Adults Business Plan

Planning

Blackburn with Darwen core strategy

The strategy was adopted in 2011 and is the borough's overarching planning document. It sets out priorities for future planning and development of the borough and is used when determining planning applications.

Blackburn with Darwen saved local plan

Some Blackburn with Darwen Saved Local Plan policies have been retained following the adoption of the Core Strategy and will be used when determining planning applications until they are superseded by the borough's emerging Local Plan.

Housing space standards policy

The Council has now adopted a Housing Space Standards policy for new dwellings and Housings in Multiple Occupation

Statement of community involvement (SCI)

Planning policy documents are subject to public consultation and the Council has produced a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) which guides how consultations are carried out.

Supplementary planning documents (SPDs) and supplementary planning guidance notes (SPGs)

The Council has produced a number of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and Supplementary Planning Guidance notes (SPGs) which provide further information and guidance on planning policies and proposals.

6 Lists and registers

Club premises certificate register

View the register of all Club Premises Certificates Issued

Cooling towers

Premises where cooling towers and evaporative condensers are situated must register with the local authority. A full list of premises who are registered within the Blackburn with Darwen area are available, along with registration forms for owners of new / previous premises.

Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) register

This register covers those properties that are three or more storeys and made up of bedsits or with a mixture of self-contained flats. It covers properties across the borough and shows licensee's contact names and specific information on each property.

Other registers

Registers including food premises, contaminated land register, pet shops, scrap metal dealers, taxi drivers and fireworks.

Premises for civil marriages & civil partnership register

Approved premises for civil marriages and civil partnership registration.

Register of councillors’ financial and other interests

Register of Members’ Interests in accordance with the Local Government Act 2000 [Section 81].

7 Services provided by the Council

Adult protection

Vulnerable adults can be physically, sexually, emotionally or financially abused. Abuse can also take the form of neglect, discrimination or self-neglect. You can report any concerns in confidence.

Allotments

Details of the nine Council run sites in Blackburn and one private site.

Benefits: housing benefit and council tax benefit

Housing benefits and Council Tax benefit are means tested benefits payable to people who are responsible for paying rent and /or Council Tax based on the: amount of money you receive, amount of savings and investments that you have and the circumstances of the people who live with you.

Bins, recycling, rubbish and waste

When bins are collected, help with bins, different colour bins, extra bins, bins when you move house and recycling.

Child protection; safeguarding children

The Council provides advice on child protection enquiries and investigates where there is reason to be concerned that a child is at risk. It also provides advice to members of the public communities and other agencies on any issues related to children who are vulnerable and provides advice and guidance is provided guidance on the Common Assessment Framework.

Election information

For example election results, forthcoming elections and voting procedures.

Entertainment & arts

What’s On: events and attraction is Blackburn with Darwen, King Georges Hall, Darwen Library Theatre, Blakey’s Café Bar, Museum & Art Gallery and Libraries.

Media releases

Press statements and releases.

Parking and Parking permits

Where to park in Blackburn and Darwen town centres and parking permits.

Parks, countryside and open spaces

There is a wide variety of parks, open spaces and countryside in Blackburn with Darwen.

Planning permission applications

Before making a planning application we recommend that you firstly seek advice. We encourage you to make and pay for your planning application on line to help speed up the process.

Schools

List of High Schools, Nursery Schools, Primary Schools and Special Schools.  Additional information on school admissions, appeals, crossing patrols, governors, holidays and library service.

Sports and fitness

For example Beez card information, Health & Wellbeing, Sports & Leisure facilities and Swimming.

Taxi driver licenses

The Licensing service regulates the taxi industry; we ensure public safety is not undermined by using robust application procedures and regular compliance checks.

Visitors centres

There are three visitor centres

Contact details

Mail Information Technology Management and Governance, Town Hall, Blackburn. BB1 7DY
Phone Number(s) 01254 585852
Fax Number(s) 01254 585286
E-mail accesstoinformation@blackburn.gov.uk
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