The full Council, consisting of all 66 elected members (55 Labour and 11 Liberal Democrats), meets every six weeks plus an annual meeting and a budget meeting.
Its role is to:
Agree the policy framework, strategies and plans
Agree the budget
Decide the political management framework
Appoint the Leader
The Council also receives reports from Cabinet Members and from Overview and Scrutiny Committees. Council members can put forward notices of motion, which initiate debates on topics of major significance to the borough. Council members may also question the Leader and Cabinet members, and present petitions on behalf of local residents. Members of the public can also ask questions or present petitions provided they give notice.
The six-weekly Council meeting is above all the 'public face' of decision making - the forum at which all members gather to determine, in the public spotlight, the most significant policy issues facing the borough.
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