Decision details

Decision maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To update policy as required and report on use of RIPA authorisations over the past year.


a)    that the minor updates made to the policy in order to take account of new job titles for Directors and Services Managers, as well as other minor drafting amendments be noted.


b)    that the amended Ashfield District Council Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) Policy and guidance, as attached as an appendix to the officer’s report be approved.


c)    that it be noted that the Council has been authorised to carry out one covert surveillance operation pursuant to the RIPA powers in the past 12 months.




To comply with the current Code of Practice and Council Policy that requires that Members are updated on any RIPA authorisations made on an annual basis.


To ensure that the Policy remains up to date and fit for purpose.





The alternative was not to report to Members and not to make the minor policy changes. This alternative course of action was not recommended as it could put the Authority at risk of challenge for breach of Policy and leave the Policy containing out of date information.

Report author: Ruth Dennis

Publication date: 21/01/2019

Date of decision: 21/01/2019

Decided at meeting: 21/01/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 29/01/2019

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