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Decisions are made in the Council every day. Some decisions could affect a large number of residents while others might only have a small effect. Decisions are made by the full Council, the Cabinet, Individual Cabinet Members and Committees and through delegation, by Council Officers.
At Full Council all Councillors meet to debate decisions on the Council’s budget, Constitution and policy framework. Full Council also elects a Leader with Executive powers selected from and by the elected Council as a whole.
The Cabinet is the principal decision making body of the Council. It is made up of the Leader, who is appointed by the Council, and a Cabinet of up to nine Councillors whom they appoint as Portfolio Holders. Each Member of the Cabinet has a portfolio of responsibility that relates to a service/function of the Council.
Further information: Your council’s cabinet – going to its meetings, seeing how it works
These are Committees appointed by Full Council to discharge specific Council functions that are not the responsibility of the Cabinet.
The commission and its panels examine the decisions, policies and overall performance of the council and its cabinet. They can make recommendations for improvements where necessary and also have the power to 'call in' decisions made by the cabinet before implementation.
More information on scrutiny.
New national rules require a council to publish its intention to make a key decision in a document before the decision is intended to be made. The notice has to include details of the individual or executive body who will make the decision, the matter that is subject to a decision, other documents to be considered, and where these other documents are available.
These decisions are published at least 28 clear days before the decision is made in accordance with the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.
Some decisions are delegated by full council and its committees to sub-committees, individual portfolio holders or senior officers employed by the council. Responsibility for delegation of decisions can be viewed in the council's constitution.
View details of delegated decisions made by portfolio holders and officers.