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The role of Cabinet

Information on how the Cabinet make decisions in line with the council's overall policies and budget.

The Cabinet is part of the council's decision making process. Decisions about the day to day running of council services are taken by the Cabinet within the framework of the council's constitution, budgets and plans approved by the council.

The Cabinet advises councillors and the full Council on major items of policy and exercises financial management within agreed budgets. If the Cabinet wishes to make a decision which is outside the budget or policy framework, this must be referred to full Council to decide.

Most items at Cabinet and Cabinet Panel meetings are open to the public. Some matters are discussed in private because of their confidential or commercial nature.

How Cabinet decisions are made

Cabinet decisions can be taken by:

  • the whole Cabinet meeting together 
  • Cabinet Panels
  • an individual Cabinet Member in consultation with a designated employee


The Cabinet consists of the Leader and nine other Cabinet Members.


Date, times and venues of Cabinet meetings can be found on our decision making website under Cabinet and Cabinet Panels.