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