How decisions are made

Regulatory committees

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:

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.

Delegated decisions

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.