The Council is currently composed of 50 Councillors, who meet together as The Council. The Council meet together approximately every two months and the public can generally attend and ask questions.
At Council, Councillors decide the council's overall policies and set the budget each year. The Council appoints the Leader, Deputy Leader and the Cabinet.
The Council also appoints Councillors to its Scrutiny Committees, Regulatory and other committees. The Scrutiny committees are the primary means of holding the Cabinet to account, and they, in turn report direct to the Council. The Mayor chairs the meetings of Council and acts as a non-political Civic Head.
Coronavirus legislation which allowed local authorities to hold virtual meetings rather than traditional ‘in person’ meetings expired on 6 May. A High Court case decided in late April that earlier local government legislation cannot be used to hold remote meetings, and therefore we have now reverted back to traditional ‘in person’ meetings.
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