The Council is required by statute to provide the Lord Chancellor with a report on how we have fulfilled our statutory functions during the year. The Lord Chancellor must lay a copy of the report before Parliament.
The Council’s annual reports are laid before Parliament and published before the summer recess. They are a detailed summary of our activities and achievements between 1 April and the following 31 March and include:
- Foreword from the Chairman
- Table of key events
- A report for each guideline on which work was done during the year
- Sentencing and non-sentencing factors reports
- Accounts of work completed by the Analysis and Research and Communication functions
- The Council’s budget
- Statutory functions and governance of the Council
- Membership of the Council during the year
- Sentencing guidelines production schedule
The Sentencing Council publishes a business plan that sets out our aims and objectives for the coming year. These aims and objectives include:
- publishing definitive guidelines;
- developing and consulting on proposed guidelines; and
- monitoring and evaluating the operation and effect of existing guidelines.
The business plan is published annually and updated if there are any significant changes during the course of the year.