Democracy and Transparency

Listed below are the main sections and some additional relevant websites which we hope will help you get to the right place quicker. You can also visit the topic homepage at Democracy in Devon which has additional news and features. View webcasts of our live council meetings as well as archived meetings from the last few months.

  • cabinet

      The Cabinet is the part of the Council responsible for most day-to-day decisions

    • committee meetings

        Each committee has a membership, which attends. There will also be a number of council officers, whose role within the council is to support the committee process

      • constitution

          The Constitution is the Council’s Code of Corporate Governance

        • Coronavirus advice

            Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice on staying healthy and well, changes to Devon County Council services, education and support for communities, employers and employees.

          • councillors

              County councillors - locate your local representative by name or electoral division

            • data protection

                Data protection laws set out your rights over your own personal data and our pages help you exercise those rights and inform you how we process your data

              • democracy

                  Access information about your councillors, decision making in Devon and how you can get involved

                • elections

                    County Council elections in England take place once every four years, when all 62 seats in Devon are up for election

                  • facts and figures about Devon

                      A range of statistics, gleaned from a number of sources, about the people of Devon. You can also find information that the council has published as ‘open data’

                    • forward plan – council meetings

                        In line with the public’s general rights of access to information and the promotion of transparency in the way which decisions are taken by or on behalf of the Council, Devon County Council produces a Forward Plan of any Key Decisions to be taken by the Cabinet and any Framework Decisions to be made by the County Council

                      • freedom of information

                          How to access council information, links to published information, responses to previous freedom of information requests.

                        • Full council

                            All Councillors meet together as the Council. Meetings of the Council are normally open to the public. Here councillors decide the Council’s overall policies and set the budget each year

                          • impact assessments

                              Information about the process we use to make sure we have considered the most effective way to use our resources and avoid causing problems to people in specific groups with protected characteristics

                            • Lord Lieutenant of Devon

                                The main office of the Lord-Lieutenant is that of Her Majesty’s representative in the county, and it is his first and foremost duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown.

                              • minutes

                                  Search for committee minutes, agendas and reports

                                • pupil place planning

                                    The team is responsible for all aspects of Children’s Services strategic planning

                                  • record retention

                                      Information about how long we keep different types of records such as evidence of decisions and transactions

                                    • scrutiny

                                        The Council's scrutiny committees independently monitor how the Council goes about its business and the decisions it makes

                                      • strategic planning and policy

                                          We work in partnership with district councils and neighbouring authorities on strategic and cross-boundary planning policy issues

                                        • transparency code

                                            Devon County Council has an obligation to publish a range of information to comply with the Transparency Code 2014

                                          • webcasts – council meetings

                                              From here you will be able to access webcasts of our live council meetings, view archived council meetings from the last few months, view or complete any surveys or polls and access any documents or presentations associated to the webcasts