Funnily enough my question is similar to Newbie2019 but broader
I’ve become increasingly concerned that my Parish Council or rather some Councillors and staff members are making decisions and issuing correspondence without the Parish Councillors being made aware of it let alone voting on it . This is all pre virus
My concerns cover breaches of financial regulations, failure to act on matters raised at Council meetings, failure to follow Council Policy, decisions to change Council services, inspection reports, and so on
So I highlighted my areas of concern and asked to visit the offices and inspect the documents. The Chair has refused claiming I need the full Councils permission to access this information
This is despite the fact that
1 If NALC & ICO guidelines were followed a lot of this information would already be in the public domain
2 Our “ protocol “ makes no mention of me needing permission
3 I could get all the information under the FOI but it would cost the Parishioners a small fortune
Has anyone had an experience in this field especially with NALC?
Surely as an elected public official I have some rights to inspect council documents not covered by GDPR ?