Committees and Meetings
Access agendas, reports and minutes from our committee meetings
Committee Meeting Diary
Northumberland County Council operates with the help of many
committees that have a responsibility for a specific area of work.
The committees scrutinise, advise, take decisions and also
The Forward Plan contains matters which are expected to be the
subject of key decisions taken by the Executive over the next four
months. It is updated on a monthly basis and organised according to
which meeting the decision is expected to be made at.
The current Forward Plan can be found by clicking here.
Minutes, agendas and reports are collectively referred to as
committee papers. Each set of documents is unique to the meeting
they are prepared for. These documents, along with future meeting
dates can be accessed via the
committee meeting calendar.
- The agenda is, simply, the list of things to be discussed at a
- Minutes are the record of what has happened at a previous
meeting. They are prepared by committee staff and issued in draft
form for approval by a subsequent meeting; it is only once they
have been approved that they are officially the record of the
meeting in question.
- When complex matters are being discussed at a meeting, officers
will prepare a report that explains the background to the proposals
being made, or to the situation being reported upon. Some reports
suggest recommendations for action; others are simply for
information purposes only.
Archive of Previous Committees and Meetings
Former Councils’ Meeting Papers
Agendas, reports and minutes of county council and district
councils prior to 1 April 2009 can be provided on request.
This is however subject to their availability under the
provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, as if they involve the
disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule
12A of the Act the public are not entitled to the
For example, some reports will not be available as the public
interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest
in disclosing the information. Exempt categories include
information about individual people, certain economic, financial
and legal details; negotiations and consultations, enactments, and
investigations into crime and disorder.
For assistance, please contact Committee Services, as
Northumberland County Council
Telephone: 01670 622616