How the Council works
There are two groups of people who work together to run the Council and its services.
Councillors or "Members"
Councillors or "Members" are democratically elected and are responsible for making decisions on behalf of the local community about local services.
Councillors are not paid a salary but they do receive a small basic allowance and can claim mileage money. Information about payments made to Councillors is published each year.
Officers of the Council
Officers of the council are its employees. They are responsible for the day to day running of services and provide professional advice to Councillors.
Whereas the Councillors work at the strategic level, making decisions on what should be done, it is the officers who are charged with the task to deliver the work programme.
Information about the responsibilities and powers that particular councillors and officers hold are set out in the Council's Constitution.
Committees of the Council
Full Council involves all members of the council and it sets the annual budget and approves all policies. A Cabinet function has been set up by Full Council and consists of five Portfolio Holders and one Cabinet Support Member, whose job it is to make decisions as to how the council runs its business.
The Council also have Overview and Scrutiny Committees, whose role it is to monitor/scrutinise the actions of the Cabinet and to develop council priorities.
A Committee set up by the Overview and Scrutiny Committees was the Audit Committee, whose role it is to receive and consider reports from the External & Internal Auditors.
A Regulatory function looks at Planning Applications, Licensing, Appeals and Standards.
In addition the council works in partnership with the Community Safety Partnership.
Task and Finish Groups are established to carry out detailed work on specific topics or issues. The groups are established, and their membership managed, by the Programming Panel, which consists of the three political group leaders with advice and support from appropriate officers.
Key dates for committees
The key dates for committees sets out when each committee will meet.