Committee structure

Please find details of our current committees and meetings below. To request details of meetings held before June 2016 please contact us at

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The Cabinet, also known as the Executive, is a group of Councillors who will take most of the decisions about what the Council does.It is made up of seven Councillors from the majority political group, chaired by the Leader of the Council and meets on a regular basis, providing leadership at a top level.


View the members of the Cabinet


What does the Cabinet do?

·        Recommends the budget and key policy proposals to the Full Council for agreement

·        Decides some policies and is responsible for implementation of major plans and strategies

·        Publishes the monthly Forward Planlisting key decisions) it will be taking over the next four months. The Forward Plan will include details of who will be consulted and when, so that anyone with an interest can make representations or can attend the meeting

·        Takes most of the key decisions within the budget and policy framework agreed by Full Council

·        Sets up Cabinet Panels to deal with policy and development in individual and specialised areas.


Cabinet Decision List is published monthly.


All the Cabinet decisions are taken in public apart from the exceptions, such as personnel matters, commercially sensitive information or confidential legal advice. The public are welcome to attend meetings of the Cabinet.


Officers are not able to put decisions into practice until the ten-day 'call-in' period has elapsed (except for those taken under emergency procedures).


The Cabinet is allowed to meet in private, but cannot take decisions in private, nor are they allowed to discuss a matter on which a decision is to be taken in the next 28 days in private.





Scrutiny Committees monitor the work of the Council and its partners. They:

  • Examine performance management information
  • Provide in-depth analysis of policy issues, research, consultations, encourage community participation
  • 'Call-in' executive decisions made but not yet implemented to see if they are appropriate; scrutinise decisions and decision making
  • Question the Cabinet members, other members and officers on views and proposals
  • Investigate matters of local concern and if necessary make recommendations to Cabinet and Full Council.


Other Committees/Boards/Panels