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.
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
Appoint the Vice-Chair
of the Council.
Appoint the Leader of
Make appointments to
Committees subject to paragraph 16 below.
Agree and amend the
terms of reference and delegated powers of Committees and Officers,
subject to paragraph 16 below.
Agree the policy
framework together with the following individual strategies/policy
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
General Fund, Housing Revenue Account and Capital
Housing rent levels (including domestic
Members' Allowances Scheme
Applications to the Secretary of State for the
transfer of housing land.
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 Officer(s).
Meetings are open to members of
the public, except for when confidential information is being
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 of the Council are
sometimes filmed. You can watch footage of Council meetings that
have been filmed at http://www.harlow.gov.uk/webcasts