Democratic Service Officers (DSOs)

These officers support the democratic process by providing a service before, during and after committee meetings, to all councillors, officers and public and assisting in the corporate governance of the City overall.

The DSOs can answer queries you might have about Council, Cabinet and other Committee meetings.

Each Committee has its own designated DSO. Contact information can be found at the end of each committee page.

Access to Information and Meetings

You have the right to attend all meetings to hear decisions being made and the Council welcomes your attendance and to observe the proceedings.

Please note that you are not able to participate in meetings such as Cabinet without asking the Chair for agreement in advance.

The Newcastle Charter identifies meetings that you can attend and speak at, with an agreed procedure, such as the City Council.

You have the right to see copies of the agenda and minutes but on certain occasions there will be issues discussed in private session and legal reasons for this will be given.

All non-confidential agendas, minutes and reports are published on the website.

Wheelchair Access
All committee rooms used in the Civic Centre are accessible to wheelchair users.

Braille / Audio Tape / Translation
If there are any particular reports that you would like us to translate into Braille, provide an audio tape for or translate into another language, please let the DSO know in advance.

Page last updated: 
25 June 2015
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