The Cabinet is made up of eight members from the Labour Group, including the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council. The Cabinet is the key decision making body of the Council, and provides political leadership and direction across the whole range of Council services.
Cabinet also advises full Council on policies, plans and strategies, including the fixing of the budget and Council Tax levels, which remains the responsibility of all Members of the Council.
The public are welcome to attend Cabinet meetings which are normally held every four weeks. The agenda and reports for each meeting are published at least five clear working days prior to the meeting and are available for public inspection at the following Council offices:
Meetings are chaired by the Leader of the Council, and are usually attended by senior Council Officers including the Chief Executive.
Each Cabinet Member (except the Leader of the Council) has responsibility and individual decision making powers for a 'portfolio' of particular services. Portfolio Executive Meetings have similar rules to Cabinet regarding public access.