Quarter 2 - September 2019 performance
Whilst the legal requirement is to publish key decisions in the Forward Plan at least 28 days in advance of the decision being taken, setting a target to publish 2 months in advance is to encourage greater transparency and openness and to support robust engagement and scrutiny.  However, it is not always possible to meet the 2-month deadline due to the impact of various factors including the governance arrangements of external partners and the need to raise awareness throughout the County Council of this target.
 Officer awareness to have ideally at least 2 months’ notice of a decision remains a priority for the service and democratic service officers will continue to encourage services to provide forward plan entries as early as possible, through service liaison, liaison with external organisations where their governance arrangements may have an impact (e.g. District/Borough Councils, NHS clinical commissioning groups) and political management training. 
Quarter 1 - June 2019 performance
It is recognised that this is lower than the previous quarter but it should be noted that the County Council has still been compliant in its statutory duty to provide 28 days’ notice of  decisions rather than the corporate target of 2 months (56 days). 
Officer awareness to have ideally at least 2 months’ notice of a decision still remains a priority for the service and democratic service officers will continue to encourage services to provide forward plan entries as early as possible, through service liaison, liaison with external organisations where their governance arrangements may have an impact  (e.g. District/Borough Councils, NHS clinical commissioning groups) and political management training. 
It should be noted that there will always be time critical decisions, which cannot be listed in the forward plan for longer than the statutory 28 day period.
Quarter 4 - March 2019 performance
The target for decision transparency is to achieve 75% of decisions having been in the Forward Plan for two months or more before being published, by March 2022.  The figures from 2018/19 show that this target was achieved in first quarter but has fallen just below in the following quarters, so the year has finished with an average of 72% decisions having been in the Forward Plan for two months or more.
 There will always be the challenge of urgent decisions, which will have an impact on the overall figure.
 Democratic Services will continue to support services to ensure that key decisions are listed in the Forward Plan for at least two months and it is hoped that support and training provided by the service will see the target of 75% being achieved consistently in the next financial year.
Quarter 3 - December 2018 performance
For decision transparency the quarterly figure for October - December 18 is 68%. 
Officer awareness to have at least 2 months, rather than the statutory 28 days notice of a decision, is in its infancy and it is hoped that as awareness increases, the figure will improve. 
 It should also be noted that there will be time critical decisions, which cannot be listed in the forward plan for longer than the statutory 28 day period.
Quarter 2 - September 2018
Officer awareness to have at least 2 months, rather than the statutory 28 days notice of a decision, is in its infancy and it is hoped that as awareness increases, the figure will improve. 
 It should also be noted that there will be time critical decisions, which cannot be listed in the forward plan for longer than the statutory 28 day period.
Quarter 1 - June 2018
This in an increase on the last quarter.
 Officer awareness to have at least 2 months, rather than the statutory 28 days notice of a decision, continues to be its infancy and it is hoped that as awareness increases, the figure will improve. 
 It should also be noted that there will be time critical decisions, which cannot be listed in the forward plan for longer than the statutory 28 day period.
Background 
The Council has four select committees which carry out the scrutiny function, a key element of which is ‘previewing’ Executive decisions.

All local authorities are required to publish a Forward Plan of key decisions. These are decisions of a high financial value and/or with an significant effect on communities – and must be published at least 28 days before the decision is due to be taken. The Forward Plan provides openness and accountability in terms of the Council’s decision-making processes. Timely publication of key decisions in the Forward Plan helps to ensure that public, members and select committees have the opportunity to question, challenge and scrutinise these decisions.

On occasion it is necessary to take key decisions which have either had less than the required 28 days’ notice or no notice via the Forward Plan. These fall into two categories depending on whether there is still the option of call-in
  • Regulation 10: insufficient notice but can still be called-in for scrutiny
  • Regulation 11: insufficient notice and taken via the urgent action procedure so no option of call-in.