The council is made up of 42 elected members representing 18 wards. All councillors meet together about seven times a year. The council decides the overall policy framework and sets the budget each year for all council services. The council elects a Leader of the council from the 42 members as well as appointing members to the various commissions and committees.
Day to day decisions are made by the Executive. The Executive is made up of the Leader of the council and nine other Executive Members. Decisions made by the Executive are made in line with the council’s overall policies and budget. When major decisions (know as key decisions) are to be discussed or made, these are published in the Executive's forward plan. If a decision is outside of the council’s budget or policy framework then it is referred to the council. Any decisions made by the Executive are monitored by the overview and scrutiny commission and panels.
Meetings at which decisions are made are open to the public unless a personal or confidential matter is being discussed. You can view council documents online.