About public meetings
The Cabinet is made up of the Leader and up to 9 Cabinet Members who are responsible for individual portfolios. The Cabinet ensures the effective management and operation of council services, promotes our interests externally and develops the medium-term plan, corporate strategy and policies for all our services.
Council meetings are where all 63 elected Councillors meet together to make cross-party decisions such as agreeing the Council’s main policies and plans, appointing the Leader of the Council and the Mayor, setting the Council’s overall budget and Council Tax, and agreeing changes to its Constitution (the rules under which the Council operates).
Each committee is responsible for a specific Council service area and will take decisions relating to its respective area.
The key committee meetings are:
Overview and Scrutiny
Scrutiny bodies provide independent examination of policies and decisions about local services. They are organised into an:
Overview Committee has responsibility for pre-decision scrutiny, having the option of considering items on the Forward Plan, in advance of Cabinet, and to question the relevant Cabinet Member on their reports. The Overview Committee meetings are timetabled a few days in advance of Cabinet, so that any comments can be forwarded for Cabinet consideration as part of its decision-making process.
And 4 other key committees:
- Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee
- Health Scrutiny Committee
- People Scrutiny Committee (including the Education Scrutiny Panel sub-committee)
- Place Scrutiny Committee (including the External Scrutiny Panel sub-committee)
Other council committees and bodies
There is a range of other committees, statutory bodies and joint committees which are responsible for taking decisions or advising on a range of Council functions.