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Review Of Use Of The Regulation Of Investigatory Powers Act

Decision Maker: Executive Councillor for Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To review the Council’s use of powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.


Matter for Decision

A Code of Practice introduced in April 2010 recommends that

Councillors should review their authority’s use of the Regulation of

Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and set its general surveillance policy at least once a year. The Leader and Executive Councillor for Strategy and Transformation and Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee last considered these matters on the 22 January 2018.


The City Council has not used surveillance or other investigatory powers regulated by RIPA since February 2010.


Decision of Executive Councillor for Communities

  i.  Reviewed the Council’s use of RIPA set out in paragraph 3.5 of the Officer’s report.

  ii.  Noted and endorsed the steps described in paragraph 3.7 and in Appendix 1 to ensure that surveillance is only authorised in accordance with RIPA.

  iii.  Approved the general surveillance policy in Appendix 1 to the Officer’s report.


Reason for the Decision

As set out in the Officer’s report.


Any Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

Not applicable.


Scrutiny Considerations

The Committee received a report from the Head of Legal Practice.


In response to the report Councillor O’Connell said she was glad the Council had not used its RIPA powers.


The Committee unanimously resolved to endorse the recommendations.


The Executive Councillor approved the recommendations.


Conflicts of Interest Declared by the Executive Councillor (and any Dispensations Granted)

No conflicts of interest were declared by the Executive Councillor.


Publication date: 06/03/2019

Date of decision: 17/01/2019