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Holding an Officer to account

Your petition may ask for a senior council officer to give evidence at a public meeting about something for which the officer is responsible as part of their job. For example, your petition may ask a senior council officer to explain progress on an issue, or to explain the advice given to elected members to enable them to make a particular decision. If your petition contains at least 750 signatures, a senior officer will give evidence at a public meeting of the relevant committee. Only the following senior staff can be called to give evidence:

  • Chief Executive
  • Strategic Directors
  • Executive Heads of Service

You should be aware that the committee may decide that it would be more appropriate for another officer to give evidence instead of any officer named in the petition - for instance if the named officer has changed jobs or is not in the list in the paragraph above. The committee may also decide to call the relevant committee chair to attend the meeting. Committee members will ask the questions at this meeting. You will also be able to ask questions of the officer concerned, at the discretion of the Committee Chair. It would be useful if such questions were sent to the officer responsible for the meeting at at least three working days before the meeting.