How the Council works

  1. Management
  2. Councillors - and the work they do
  3. Decision-Making (You are here)
  4. Public involvement at Council and Committee Meetings


As well as Full Council Councillors also sit on committees that hold regular meetings. Committees usually consider a specific area of Council business such as planning and licensing. They can also make most decisions without further approval from Full Council.

Standards and Ethics Councillors are bound by the Code of Conduct and must follow its content. The Committee ensure Councillors follow the ethical safeguards.

Council Committee and decision making chart

See Council Committees

The Constitution

The Constitution sets out how the Council operates and how decisions are made in a way that is efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. It includes rules such as:

  • Scrutiny of decisions and services
  • Councillors’ allowances and conduct
  • Public access to meetings and related documents

See the Council constitution

Scrutiny of decisions

Overview and Scrutiny Select Commissions look at decisions taken by the Council’s Cabinet to hold them to account. Scrutiny checks, challenges and suggests changes to reflect the priorities of local people. Scrutiny welcomes involvement and all meetings are open to the public.

Find out about Scrutiny

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