Council meetings

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Full Council is the ultimate decision-making body and involves all 39 elected councillors. It agrees most of our larger policies such as council tax setting and the annual budget.


Main responsibilities


-        Electing the Mayor and Deputy Mayor at the Annual Meeting

-        Acting as the overall sovereign body for major policy and strategic issues of the council and the local community

-        Approving the Council’s budget and policy framework, and individual policies and strategic plans including:

·       The Corporate Performance Plan

·       The Community Strategy

·       The Crime and Disorder Reduction Strategy

·       Local Development Plan Documents

·       Licensing policies

·       Financial plans and strategies

·       Food safety & health and safety service plans

·       Corporate Enforcement Policy

·       Housing strategies and investment programme

·       Cultural Strategy and leisure plans

·       Corporate communications and consultation strategies

·       Car parking standards and strategies

·       Lifelong learning strategies and plans

·       Human resource strategies

·       Equality and Diversity Strategy and Action Plan

·       Information and communications technology (ICT) strategies

·       Economic development strategies

·       Asset Management Plan

-      To adopt the council's constitution and to approve related matters including:

·       Proposed amendments to the constitution, standing orders,  the Scheme of Delegation and financial regulations

·       Procedural issues in relation to the decision making structure, codes of conduct and protocols to guide standards and ethics for councillors and officers

-      Appointment of the Leader of the Council

-      To decide on issues referred to the Council in line with the procedures for policy and review panels to call in decisions made by the Cabinet

-      To consider and decide on recommendations submitted through the committees including:

·     Proposals about the Members' Allowances Scheme

·     Proposals to change the name and status of the authority

·     Proposals about changes in electoral arrangements

·     The promotion or opposition of local or personal bills

·     Making, amending, revoking or re-enacting byelaws

·     The appointment of honorary aldermen or honorary freemen

·     Appointment of the Chief Executive

-      To consider and decide on matters referred by the Cabinet, which are contrary to, or not in accordance with, the council's strategic plans or policy framework

-      To receive and discuss recommendations and ask questions on reports of the Cabinet, Committees and Policy and Review Panels

-      To deal with issues identified in Standing Orders to be dealt with by the full Council not specifically mentioned above