How decisions are made
The council operates leader and cabinet style 'executive arrangements'.
This means that the responsibility for decision making on most services such as education, highways, housing, leisure, libraries, parking, refuse collection, street cleansing and social services now rests with an Executive.
The Executive comprises of the leader of the council and six other leading members of the council.
The full council remains the forum where the council's budget and policy framework are set. Councillors meet to debate issues of importance and question Executive members and committee chairmen.
Full details of the arrangements are contained in the Council's Constitution.