1 Who we are and what we do
The Council’s Constitution.
Information about the functioning and process of meetings (Council Meetings, Executive and other Committees). Information about decision-making and scrutiny.
Information about the various directorate areas within the Council, plus contact details for the Chief Executive and Corporate Directors.
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 including party, membership of committees, address, telephone number and email contact.
Telephone numbers for customer contacts or one-stop shops.
Election results indicating the political composition of the Council.
2 What we spend and how we spend it
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 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.
This statement shows the cost in the year, in accordance with accounting regulations, of running Council services.
Contracts currently available for public tender.
The contracts register keeps companies informed of potential contracting and sub-contracting opportunities. It also provides information about the Council’s service providers.
Financial regulations under the Council’s Standing Orders, as contained in the Council’s Constitution.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 submitted to the Annual Council and Finance Council.
This strategy aims to provide an outline of the Local Strategic Partnership’s approach to community cohesion, integration and equality within Blackburn with Darwen.
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.
Includes crime statistics, crime trends, recorded & detected crime and road safety.
The school achievement and performance tables provide a range of data.
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.
Includes resident’s health, low birth weights, teenage expectancy, mortality and physical activity.
4 How we make decisions
You will find information available here on The Executive Board, Council and Committee meetings, including agenda and minutes of those meetings
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.
Committee dates for the current year.
5 Our policies and procedures
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.
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.
Short breaks statement, family & friends, private fostering statement of purpose and continuum of needs & response.
Safeguarding adults procedures, SA1 safeguarding adults alter form, BwD Adults Safeguarding Policy and BwD Local Safeguarding Adults Business Plan
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.
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.
The Council has now adopted a Housing Space Standards policy for new dwellings and Housings in Multiple Occupation
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.
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
View the register of all Club Premises Certificates Issued
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.
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.
Registers including food premises, contaminated land register, pet shops, scrap metal dealers, taxi drivers and fireworks.
Approved premises for civil marriages and civil partnership registration.
Register of Members’ Interests in accordance with the Local Government Act 2000 [Section 81].
7 Services provided by the Council
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.
Details of the nine Council run sites in Blackburn and one private site.
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.
When bins are collected, help with bins, different colour bins, extra bins, bins when you move house and recycling.
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.
For example election results, forthcoming elections and voting procedures.
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.
Press statements and releases.
Where to park in Blackburn and Darwen town centres and parking permits.
There is a wide variety of parks, open spaces and countryside in Blackburn with Darwen.
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.
List of High Schools, Nursery Schools, Primary Schools and Special Schools. Additional information on school admissions, appeals, crossing patrols, governors, holidays and library service.
For example Beez card information, Health & Wellbeing, Sports & Leisure facilities and Swimming.
The Licensing service regulates the taxi industry; we ensure public safety is not undermined by using robust application procedures and regular compliance checks.
There are three visitor centres