The Full Council is the ultimate decision-making body of
the Council (subject to any legislative restrictions). All
Councillors attend Full Council
meetings (normally six meetings per year excluding special
meetings) and at the Annual Full Council meeting which is normally
held in May after the local government elections, Councillors are appointed to specific positions
such as the Leader and the Chair of the Council.
Approve the Constitution (including political management
structure, Council Procedure Rules, Standing Orders, Terms of
Reference, Delegation Scheme, Financial Regulations and codes of
conduct, subject to paragraph 16 below).
Appoint the Chair of the Council.
Appoint the Vice-Chair of the Council.
Appoint the Leader of the Council.
Make appointments to Committees subject to paragraph 16
Agree and amend the terms of reference and delegated powers
of Committees and Officers, subject to paragraph 16
Agree the policy framework together with the following
individual strategies/policy documents:
The Corporate Plan
Medium Term Financial Strategy
Community Cohesion Strategy
Housing Strategy and Business Plan
Licensing Policy and Statement
Local Development Framework
Crime and Disorder Reduction Strategy
Approve the following:
General Fund, Housing Revenue Account and Capital
Housing rent levels (including domestic garages)
Members' Allowances Scheme
Applications to the Secretary of State for the transfer of
Appointment of Honary Aldermen
at meetings called specifically for this purpose.
dismissal of the Chief Executive and Statutory Officers subject to
any statutory provision.
between the Cabinet, the Scrutiny Committee or the Call-In
Review and make
appointments to external organisations
except where delegated.
Deal with other
matters not within the terms of reference of any other
To receive the reports
of Statutory Officers made under Section 114 of the Local
Government Finance Act 1988 or the Local Government and Housing Act
Such other matters as
the Full Council may from time to time reserve to itself or as may
be reserved to Full Council by law.
Deciding on departures
from Council policies, strategies and budgets as previously
Paragraphs 1, 5 and 6
above are subject to the functions delegated to the Licensing
Committee by the Council under the Licensing Act 2003:- in respect of:
the establishment of Sub-Committees;
regulation of its own procedure and that of its
arrangements for the discharge of its functions by a Sub-Committee or
Meetings are open to members of the public,
except for when confidential information is being considered.
Members of the public may ask questions at most
meetings of the Council. Exceptions include the Annual Council
meeting (held around May each year) and Special Meetings.
Meetings of the Council are sometimes filmed.
You can watch footage of Council meetings that have been filmed at