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Our council has a leader and cabinet responsible for making decisions.
Budget decisions and policies are determined by the full council (all 60 councillors). The leader and cabinet are responsible for most day-to-day decisions.
Find major decisions for the coming months in the forward plan.
The leader and a cabinet includes up to nine other councillors, and is appointed annually by the council leader.
Each cabinet member has particular responsibilities..
The whole cabinet usually makes key decisions. Sometimes, a cabinet member can make a decision on his own if it doesn’t cause a problem for other services.
There are up to ten cabinet members with portfolios set by the leader and reported to council each year.
The cabinet decisions are made collectively, or through individual members.
The cabinet functions are set out in its terms of reference in Part 7 of the constitution and are to:
The full council functions (all 60 councillors meeting together) are to:
The management board is responsible for strategic planning and managing all council services.
The management board usually meets weekly and is made up of:
The work of the council and, in particular, the cabinet is subject to the scrutiny of councillors who aren’t in the cabinet.