Brighton & Hove City Council is the only first tier local authority to still have the old style committee system of governance. All that will change in May when it will be obliged to adopt a “leader & cabinet” arrangement. How will it work?
The leader will appoint up to nine cabinet members who will have responsibility for different areas of the council’s work, like finance, housing, schools and the environment etc.
There will be a number of ‘overview and scrutiny’ committees made up of councillors from all political parties that will provide checks and balances to decisions made by the cabinet members.
The final detailed report will be discussed next month and if that is approved the new system will come into force in May.
The proposals are now available for comment. The documents can be seen at the council offices in King’s House, Brighton Town Hall and Hove Town Hall.
Outgoing Council leader Brian Oxley (see earlier story in Knowledgebase) said, “I am pleased that we are making progress towards a new system for making decisions. We are committed to ensuring that it is an open and transparent process so that people can see how and why decisions are made”
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