The following information is a guide to asking questions of the Fire and Rescue Authority.
Questions regarding the work of the Fire and Rescue Authority are welcomed. However, these must relate to an issue which is the responsibility of the Authority. If not, the applicant will be advised as to where their question may be more appropriately directed.
If the information is being withheld, the applicant will receive a formal response under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Questions may be submitted:
- In writing to The Clerk, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, 18 Regent Street, Barnsley, S70 2HG.
- By e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- By using the online submission facility on the Authority's website (see below)
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, including the Fire and Rescue Authority. It sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on the Authority, such as time for compliance, the right by an applicant to complain about the handling of their request, and a code of practice on record keeping.
Freedom of Information matters relating to the Fire and Rescue Authority are processed by the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.
Asking questions at Fire and Rescue Authority meetings
A member of the public can attend a meeting of the Fire and Rescue Authority and the Audit and Governance Committee and ask a question of the Authority directly.
Questions must be received in writing by 5.00 pm at least three clear working days prior to the meeting at which the applicant wants to speak.
The applicant must specify their name and address and all questions should be clear and concise and limited to a maximum of 100 words.
The applicant will be notified if the request can or cannot be accepted for the next meeting and, if so, arrangements for attending and asking the question on the day. If it is considered that the applicant's question would be best addressed by officers working to the direction of the Fire and Rescue Authority, e.g. a request for technical information, the applicant will be advised accordingly.
An applicant can only ask a maximum of two questions in any six-month period.
The provision for questions on the agenda will be 15 minutes and at the Chair's discretion.
Dates of future Fire and Rescue Authority and Audit and Governance Committee meetings can be viewed here.
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