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The council is made up of 46 councillors (or elected members) who are elected every four years. Councillors are democratically accountable to the residents of the ward they represent.
Currently the council comprises of:
Conservative: 22 members
Labour: 15 members
Independent: 4 members
Liberal Democrat: 3 members
Newark and Sherwood Independent: 2 members
All councillors meet together as the Full Council (meet every six weeks) and these meetings are open to the public.
Council meetings are presided over by the chairman of the council. The chairman is elected annually by the full council.
Each year the council appoints the cabinet which comprises of the leader of the council together with a further five cabinet members. The cabinet is held to account by overview and scrutiny committees.
Although all decisions of the cabinet are taken collectively, individual members have lead responsibility for a range of services, known as a portfolio area. The portfolio areas are:
The cabinet is also responsible for developing the policy framework and budget. Following their approval by the council, the cabinet will implement both.
View latest 11.04.13 Cabinet Decisions (PDF File, 63kb) .
If there are any major decisions to be made then these will become part of the cabinets' forward plan. Where these major decisions are to be discussed, this will usually happen at a meeting of the cabinet that is open to the public.
Decisions made at cabinet are posted on our website within 24 hours.
The cabinet has to make decisions which are in line with the council’s overall policies and budgets, any decisions it may wish to make outside these must be referred to the council for consideration.
In accordance with the Local Authority (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012, the council will publish a notice at least 28 days prior to any cabinet meeting, indicating the key decisions to be taken, details of any background papers and whether items will be determined in public or private. This notice will also detail any non-key decisions which are likely to be taken in private.
In addition, the council will publish a second notice, at least five clear days prior to any cabinet meeting, concerning the private items. This notice sets out the reasons why the decision is likely to be taken in private and the details of any representation received.
Under the new regulations, the council is also required to publish a statement of decisions taken under Delegated Powers, where decisions are connected to the executive functions of the council's cabinet.
Cabinet 11th April 2013- 5 day notice (PDF File, 58kb)
These committees oversee the quasi-legal services that the council has a statutory duty to provide to the community.
There are three Overview and Scrutiny Committees, which both complement and scrutinise the work of the cabinet and council as a whole. These are:
These committees commission reports, which advise the cabinet and council on specific aspects of policy, budget and service delivery. The cabinet or council may also consult them on forthcoming decisions and the development of policy documents. These committees also play a key role in reviewing council services.
Statement of Decisions taken in accordance with the Local Authority (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012, where decisions connected to the executive functions of the Council's Cabinet are taken by Officers.
Officer Decision- Grant of Lease- 30 November 2012 (PDF File, 200kb)
Officer Decision- Grant of Lease, Whitewater Place, Boughton (PDF File, 83kb)
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