Full Council

Information about the Council, its 51 Councillors and questions that are considered at the Council meetings.

The Council comprises 51 Councillors. One-third are elected three years in four. Councillors are democratically accountable to the residents of their Ward. The overriding duty of Councillors is to the whole community, but they have a special duty to their constituents, including those who did not vote for them.

The current list of Councillors, along with information on their Ward, Party and Committee membership, can be found here: Councillor Information 

Councillors have to agree to follow a Code of Conduct to ensure high standards in the way they undertake their duties. The Council has a Standards Committee to advise on the Code.

All Councillors meet together as the Council. Meetings of the Council are normally open to the public. Here Councillors decide the Council’s overall policies and set the budget each year. The Council:

  • appoints the Leader
  • agrees the budget and sets the level of Council Tax for the area
  • approves the framework for  the delegation of responsibilities of non-executive functions
  • determines the policy framework
  • deals with issues outside of the policy and budget framework
  • holds the Leader  to account by considering matters referred to it by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Council questions

The public and Members of the Council ask questions at the Council meetings. The questions submitted and the officer observations provided to support the response to those questions can be downloaded below which do not necessarily reflect the answer given by the Councillor at the meeting. For meetings of the council from 12 February 2015 onwards, you can see the Council meeting in full, including questions, in our webcasts.

Council meeting Public questions Member questions
2016/17 Municipal Year
13 April 2017 None Questions and observations
9 February 2017 None Questions and observations
15 December 2016 None Questions and observations
3 November 2016 None Questions and observations
29 September 2016 None Questions and observations
28 July 2016 None Questions and observations
2015/16 Municipal Year
14 April 2016 Questions and observations Questions and observations
11 February 2016 Questions and observations Questions and observations
17 December 2015 Questions and observations Questions and observations
1 October 2015 Questions and observations Questions and observations
23 July 2015 None Questions and observations
28 May 2015 None None
2014/15 Municipal Year
16 April 2015 Questions and observations Questions and observations
12 February 2015 Questions and observations Questions and observations
18 December 2014 None Questions and observations
9 October 2014 None

Questions and observations

24 July 2014 None Questions and observations
2013/14 Municipal Year
10 April 2014 None Questions and observations
13 February 2014 None Questions and observations
12 December 2013 None Questions and observations
10 October 2013 None Questions and observations
25 July 2013 None Questions and observations
2012/13 Municipal Year
 11 April 2013 Questions and observations Questions and observations
14 February 2013 Questions and observations Questions and observations
13 December 2012 Questions and observations Questions and observations
11 October 2012 Questions and observations Questions and observations

There is more information on a separate page on how the public can ask a question at Council.

See also: Webcasting and Recording Council Meetings