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At a Special Council meeting on 30 September 2010, proposals for new Executive arrangements confirming the Leader and Cabinet model as the Council's preferred decision-making structure were adopted.

At that time, the council had the choice of one of two models:

  • Leader and Cabinet; or
  • Directly-elected Mayor and Cabinet.

Some explanation and background information on these two models is included in this fact sheet.

The Leader and Cabinet model is more commonly referred to as the Executive.

The Executive structure

The Leader is appointed by the Council and is responsible for most of the day to day decisions the Council takes. 

The Leader appoints a Deputy Leader and up to eight other Councillors to the Executive. Each Councillor within the Executive is allocated a specific portfolio responsibility, covering particular service and policy areas. The Executive meets approximately every six weeks.

The Executive is formed from the group holding the majority of seats on the Council. 

It must act in accordance with council policy and within set budgetary constraints. In cases where the Executive believes it is necessary to go beyond those boundaries, the decision is put before the full Council.

You can find information on Executive Members and their portfolios, and Executive business, in the links below.

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