How decisions are made
Some functions are not the responsibility of the Executive, but remain the responsibility of the council. The council then delegates all but the most important decisions to the various committees.
These "Regulatory" functions are dealt with by the:
- Licensing Committee
- Regulatory Licensing Committee
- Planning Applications Committee
- General Purposes Committee (which deals with staff terms and conditions)
- Pensions Committee
- Audit Committee
- Standards Committee (which deals with the conduct of council members)
By law, committees must be politically balanced.
The political groups are allocated seats in the same proportion as they are represented on the council as a whole.
Directors of council department have a delegated authority to take decisions to operate council services on a day-to-day basis without reference to councillors. In addition, there are special arrangements where a decisions is required urgently or is routine.
In these circumstances, Directors can take a decision even in cases which would normally require a report to a committee and/or the Executive, so long as they have consulted the relevant leading councillors in advance.
- View delegated decisions