The Cabinet consists of six councillors from the biggest political group on the council - the leader of the council chairs it. Councillors choose cabinet members from among their number to be responsible for groups of council services.
The public are welcome to attend cabinet meetings that take place throughout the year at 5pm.
Cabinet members are all from the majority group on the council. But, under an informal arrangement, opposition councillors go to the meetings. The leader encourages them to put questions on agenda items. The council sees opposition involvement as a key part of its modernisation, making sure that it represents all communities.
Collectively, the cabinet:
- Provides political and community leadership
- Considers matters relating to the council's major plans, strategies and policies
- Recommends the budgetary framework and processes that support the council's priorities, plans, strategies and policies
- Receives and acts upon the recommendations of the council's scrutiny panels
The council publishes the agenda and reports to be considered at cabinet meetings (except those containing exempt or confidential information). These are available five or more working days before meetings. Anyone can see copies of these documents. They are available in main council offices, local links and on the council's website.
Other councillors act as 'lead members' on specific issues and support cabinet members. Lead members cannot make decisions - even if a cabinet member is not available.
If you require more information please contact Mel Holmes (Head of Democratic Services) on 01724 296230 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.