Frequently Asked Questions
- What should I do if I have an enquiry out of
normal office hours, including weekends?
- Who do I contact to discuss advertising
- I have a Freedom of Information, what do I
- Where can I find councillors' expenses?
- What is
- When are the next Public Roadshows?
- What is
- Does the Council Sponsor organisations or
We would like to offer a discount to your
staff, how do I go about doing this?
- Q.What should I do if I have an enquiry out of normal office
hours, including weekends?
A.We are available to deal with emergencies or
urgent media enquiries 24/7. Contact the Duty Media Officer on
Q.Who do I contact to discuss advertising opportunities?
A.In light of BOLD we are currently reviewing our
advertising activity and only participating in paid for
advertising, if initially identified in a project's marketing
strategy or where we can evidence that this channel has worked and
engaged our public. You can provide details of your organisation,
along with contact details of customers whom we can discuss success
rates with, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
with advertising opportunity in the subject box. (Back To Top)
Q.I have a Freedom of Information, what do I do?
A.The Freedom of Information Act and Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) give the general public rights
of access to any recorded information held by public authorities,
unless a specified exemption applies. To complete a request, visit
our FOI webpages.
Q.Where can I find councillors' expenses?
A.All our councillor's expenses are shown
Q. What is BOLD?
A.The national financial situation means that
councils across the country are having their budgets significantly
reduced. In Worcestershire we're no different. We have to save
£60-70 million from our core revenue budget by 2015. To find out
more visit or BOLD
webpages (Back To Top)
Q.When are the next Public Roadshows?
A.Every six months the Leader of the County
Council, Adrian Hardman and the Chief Executive, Trish Haines, go
out to the communities in Worcestershire to engage with our
communities and seek their views on how we can improve our
services. (Back To Top)
Q.What is Purdah?
A.This is the period of time from when an
election is announced until after the election is held. Local
authorities are required to consider their activities during this
period with regards to publicity and decision making. They must
follow the Code of recommended Practice on Local Authority
Publicity. For more information on Purdah, you can visit the
parliament webpages (Back To Top)
Q.Does the council
sponsor organisations or community groups?
A.In short, no. This is because the budget that
the council operates from is made up of council tax payer's
contributions and this is on the understanding that we are
providing public sector services. We also have to ensure that we
are not falling fowl of the Bribery Act 2010. However, the County
Council does provide funding and grant opportunities. Please visit
our VCS pages to find out more.
Q.We would like to offer a discount to your staff, how do I go
about doing this?
A. We do not promote organisations offering adhoc
discounts to our staff because of the tax implications, as this is
seen as a benefit in kind.
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This page was last reviewed 11 February 2014 at 12:27.
The page is next due for review 10 August 2015.