RE: Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) 2012
Thanks Laura, yes, you're right. A "meeting of a decision-making body" is just that, and informal Cabinet member briefings and other meetings, even though they might have exactly the same membership and be meeting to discuss the same issues, are (because of their informality) inherently not formal "decision-making bodies" for the purposes of the regs. Although a part of me would be interested to see what would happen if this went to the courts.
Briefing is out shortly, but in summary the regs promise quite a lot but don't deliver it. The situation isn't helped by the fact that the accompanying press release makes claims about what the regs do that are not substantiated by the content of the regs themselves.
Research and Information Manager, CfPS