Publications & transparency

Publica is owned by our member councils and being open and transparent is important to us. We are accountable to the councils and clients who we provide services for.

A nominated Councillor from each of the four councils (Leader of the Council) oversees the governance of Publica and takes any reserved matter decisions on behalf of the company.

One of the key planks of our Governance arrangements is the independent board comprising a majority of NEDs who have been appointed via a formal recruitment process. They are responsible for the ongoing oversight of the business and its operation to ensure the best outcomes are delivered for all stakeholders.

Additionally Publica and each of the councils have agreed communication and liaison arrangements which ensures that for those councils that receive all services from Publica the Business Plan and the Annual Report will be presented to formal open meetings of either the Cabinet or Council.

Each council's Scrutiny Committee monitors Publica's performance against Service Standards agreed by each council.

Whilst our structure and mission does not leave us bound by the standard public sector disclosure requirements, Publica are keen to act appropriately without putting onerous demands on the organisation, or sharing information which may become commercially sensitive as we develop. The information which we have deemed most relevant is therefore shared below:  

Our Business Plan

This Business Plan provides the vehicle to carry forward and address the issues identified in the new Managing Director’s report over the next two years. The focus of the plan is on supporting the partner councils to deliver their priorities, improve our approach to commissioning, continue to improve services and customer experience using digital technology, deliver efficiency savings, and invest in our staff and managers.

Publica Business Plan - 2020 to 2022

Forty three action plans support the four business plan priorities and strategic actions. The action plans will ensure outcomes and benefits are delivered and there are clear milestones and measures of success.  Each strategic action has a Sponsoring Executive Director and Lead Group Manager who, along with a delivery team, will be responsible for delivering the outcomes and benefits. Each of the strategic actions has a Non-Executive Director attached to it and they will be involved in monitoring and driving delivery of the business plan in a challenge and oversight role. Progress is monitored by the Publica Board and reported to shareholder councils.

Action plans 2020 to 2022


The 2020-21 Annual Report

We are pleased to present to you the Publica Annual Report 2020-21. This report outlines some of the key projects and outcomes that have been delivered across the partnership from March 2020 to September 2021 including the amazing work done by staff to support local communities through the coronavirus pandemic.  

The report includes a number of examples of work being undertaken to deliver council priorities as well as our progress towards improving the services we deliver and the delivery of the Publica Business Plan 2020 – 2022.


Ten Years of collaboration and Sharing

Three years ago, four councils joined forces to create a local authority company to deliver shared services across the region. This is our story so far


Our vision

Delivering local priorities and improving services


Our priorities

The Business Plan priorities form a cohesive programme, achieving sustainable and embedded change over the business plan period. It covers the two-year period 2020 to 22 and will be reviewed and refreshed after the first twelve months. Our priorities are to:



One of our company values is to be authentic so if you have any questions about Publica or the services it provides please contact a member of our Board and we will provide a full response.


Our Transparency Disclosure

Senior Management Structure and Salaries

Company Articles of Association and Members' Agreement

Services Agreement - Cheltenham Borough Council

Services Agreement - Cotswold District Council

Services Agreement - Forest of Dean District Council

Services Agreement - West Oxfordshire District Council

Gender Pay Gap Report

Whistleblowing policy


Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility Policy 


Statement of Accounts

Publica Group (Support) - Annual Report and Accounts 31 March 2021

Publica Group - Statement of Accounts 31 March 2020

Publica Group (Support) - Statement of Accounts 31 March 2019

Publica Group (Support) - Statement of Accounts 31 March 2018


Freedom of Information

 Much of the data that Publica processes is owned by the Council partners and as such freedom of information requests should generally continue to be made directly to them.

Any requests relating to employment matters would fall to Publica and we will deal with any such requests under normal time limits.

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