It may be necessary to exclude the public from some meetings and limit the publication of papers if there would be disclosure of 'exempt information'.
There are 7 types of exempt information and they include information about particular individuals, financial or business affairs of particular persons, labour relations matters, and legal proceedings.
It will always be for the meeting to decide whether to exercise its power to exclude members of the public, if it does, we will identify the exempt information leading to the decision.
Descriptions of Exempt Information
The exempt information set out at Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 Act is as follows:
- Information relating to any individual;
- Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual;
- Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information);
- Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations or negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the authority;
- Information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.
- Information which reveals that the authority proposes:
- to give under any enactment a notice under or by virtue of which requirements are imposed on a person; or
- to make an order or direction under any enactment.
- Information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime.