Elected councillors (sometimes called members) are central to the decision making process. They attend Council meetings where plans, policies and budgets are agreed; serve on committees, policy commissions and other bodies; and are consulted on issues affecting the area they represent. Local members can ask questions or submit motions to Council and request that items be placed on agendas for Cabinet, scrutiny or other committees.
The Council follows an agreed procedure for discussion and decision making:
- The full Council elects a Leader and he or she then appoints up to nine Cabinet members.
- The Cabinet is responsible for most day-to-day decisions, which it has to make in line with the Council's overall policies and budget. If it wishes to make a decision outside the budget or policy framework, this must be referred to the Council as a whole. For further details about the role of Cabinet please follow the Cabinet and key members link.
- Scrutiny committees hold the Cabinet to account for the decisions that it makes, scrutinise the quality and performance of services, and review Council policy. Please follow the Scrutiny link for further information.
Full Council meetings are chaired by the Speaker, who is also the Vice-Chair of the Council. Both the Chair and Vice-Chair can come from any party, though in practice they usually belong to the same party as members of the Cabinet.
The Cabinet, or the Executive, consists of the Leader of the Council and up to nine other members, normally from the ruling party. Cabinet meets every four to five weeks to agree the policies of the Council (please follow the Cabinet and key members link for further information. Individual Cabinet Members also have been given certain delegated powers by the Leader to take decisions).
Scrutiny committees review decisions made by the executive as a whole or individual Members and senior officers. They have the power to refer decisions to full Council, but cannot overturn them. For further details please follow the Scrutiny link.
The day-to-day work of Shropshire Council is in the hands of officers, who implement the councillors' decisions and manage the delivery of services. Senior officers with specialist knowledge in particular subjects also advise councillors.
Individual members of the public or organisations can make their voice heard in various ways, including opportunities to directly address members during Council meetings. For further information please follow the Public question time link.
For further information, please contact Democratic Services.
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