How the Council makes decisions

Decisions can be made in the two ways, by councillors or officers. 

Councillors

Councillors can make decisions as part of a meeting of the full Council or meetings of a committee or sub-committee. There are committees which set policy and make decisions within their areas. For example, The Education, Children and Families Committee makes decisions on all school matters.

Full details of every committee and sub-committee, their membership and the areas they can make decisions on are available to read and download.

Officers

Many operational Council decisions are made by officers. This allows routine issues to be sorted out quickly.

There are safeguards in place to ensure that the democratic process is followed. For example, decisions made by officers that are likely to be politically controversial or affect a particular ward must be made in consultation with Councillors.

These safeguards and a list of the decisions officers can make are described in the Scheme of Delegation to Officers.

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