45 Councillors are elected by the local community and meet together as the Council. Meetings of the Council are normally open to the public. Here Councillors appoint the Leader, adopt changes to the Constitution, determine the policy framework, decide the Council’s overall policies and set the budget each year, in addition to decisions relating to other important Council business.
The Executive carries out all of the Council’s functions within the policy framework and budget which are not the responsibility of any other part of the Council, as delegated by the Leader.
Committees are responsible for making decisions on planning and licensing applications, audit arrangements, any matters relating to the Council’s Code of Conduct as well as any matters relating to individual Council employees
The role of the ‘Overview and Scrutiny’ function is to develop and review policy and make recommendations to the Executive and Council. It has the power to ‘call-in’ decisions made by Executive Members, Committees and officers for further review and hold them to account as a ‘critical friend’.