The Key Decision Document details the key decisions that the Council is going to take over a four month period.

It aims to make the citizens of Oldham aware of the key decisions that are going to be taken as well as the consultation methods available for them.

The Key Decision Document is published in compliance with the Local Government Act 2000 and as stated in the Council's Constitution.

The Key Decision Document is updated both monthly and 28 clear days prior to each Cabinet meeting.

General Exception and Special Urgency decisions 

The Chair and Vice Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board (or their nominees) are given powers in the Council’s Constitution to give authorisation for key decisions to be made under the following rules:

Rule 16 – General Exception

Where the decision has not been placed on the Key Decision Document, but it is possible to give 5 clear days notice of the decision to be made, Rule 16 allows that the decision may be made where the relevant Executive Director has obtained agreement in writing from the Chair of the Management Board (or his/her nominee) and the Vice Chair of the Management Board (or his/her nominee), of the matter about which the decision is to be made.

Any decision made in this way is still subject to a potential call-in.

Rule 17 – Special Urgency

In certain circumstances it may be impracticable both to:

  1. Place the decision on the Key Decision Document, and
  2. Give 5 clear days notice prior to the decision being made

Rule 17 allows that in these circumstances the decision may still be made where the decision maker has obtained agreement from the Chair of the Management Board (or his/her nominee) and the Vice-Chair of the Management Board (or his/her nominee) or if not available the Mayor or in their absence the Deputy Mayor.

Where Rule 17 applies the decision is exempt from call-in.

Request copies

Copies of documents listed in the Key Decision Document or later submitted to the decision taker for consideration are available from Constitutional Services.