How we make decisions
The Council is authorised by legislation to provide services to the public and other organisations. In providing those services, the Council is required to make decisions relating to those services.
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- Who are we and what do we do
- What we spend and how we spend it
- What our priorities are and how we are doing
- How we make decisions
- Policies and Procedures
- Lists and registers
The decision making process is detailed in the Constitution. All decisions made by Council, Cabinet, Cabinet members and other committees are available in the Committees, Agendas & Minutes section on this site, along with a breakdown of all committee membership, reports, agendas and minutes.
Once elected, Councillors in turn elect their own Leader who appoints a Cabinet. The Cabinet is at the heart of the day-to-day decision making process. Major items of policy, such as the setting of the council budget, are decided by all Councillors at the Full Council meeting. Cabinet has a key role in proposing the budget and policy framework to the Council.
To provide professional guidance, execute decisions and deliver services, we are divided into five corporate areas, each led by a Corporate Head. Steering the Council as a whole is the Chief Executive, supported by two Strategic Directors. View management structure.
The Council operates a scheme of delegation to officers of the Council. This scheme is detailed in the Constitution. Such delegated decision making is carried out in accordance with the Procedure for Officer Delegated Decisions.