The Council comprises 74 elected Councillors representing 58 Electoral Wards. The Council normally meets on a monthly basis and has a list of functions including, adopting and changing the Constitution, approving and adopting the Budget and Policy Framework, appoints the Leader, determines and agrees Committees and their terms of reference. For a full list of Council functions, read Article 4 of the Council's Constitution.
Up to Ten of the Council’s members make up the Executive Board, including the Leader of the Council. The Executive Board is responsible for carrying out all the local authority functions which are not the responsibility of the Council. Executive Board Members are responsible for decision making within specific areas of interest, known as portfolios.
Scrutiny Committees act as a 'critical friend' to the Executive Board and other decision makers in order to promote better services, policies and decisions. Working in a similar way to parliamentary select committees, scrutiny involves councillors who are not in the cabinet.
The Planning, Audit and Licensing Committees make the Council’s regulatory decisions; the Democratic Services Committee reviews the adequacy of provision by the Authority to discharge the democratic services function and the there is also a Standards Committee to promote high standards of conduct and support Councillors to comply with the Code of Conduct.