Committee structure

Council

The Council is composed of 66 Councillors with one third elected three years in four.  Councillors are democratically accountable to residents of their ward.  The overriding duty of Councillors is to the whole community, but they have a special duty to their constituents, including those who did not vote for them.

 

All Councillors meet together as the Council.  Meetings of the Council are normally open to the public.  Here Councillors decide the Council’s overall policies and set the budget each year.  The Council will appoint the Leader and Cabinet (the Executive) and hold the Executive to account.  There will be an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions at Council meetings.

 

Cabinet

The Cabinet takes the majority of the key (major) decisions that are made on behalf of the Council and decisions may be delegated to individual Cabinet Members. The Cabinet comprises the Leader of the Council and nine other members, each with responsibility for an individual portfolio. These are:

 

·  Leader of the Council – Growth

·  Deputy Leader of the Council – Housing and Community Safety

·  Deputy Leader of the Labour Group – Children and Families

·  Delivering Differently

·  Environment

·  Finance and Income Generation

·  Highways and Transport

·  Localism and Engagement

·  Social Care and Health

·  Transformation

 

Any key decision that the Cabinet or Cabinet Member takes is open to scrutiny and if a decision is “called in” for scrutiny it cannot be implemented until further consideration has been given to the matter in question by the decision maker.

 

Regulatory Committees

Committees have been established to carry out those functions that do not fall within the remit of the Cabinet. They are:

 

·  Audit and Risk Management Committee – Oversees various financial matters;

·  Employment and Appointments Committee – The appointment of chief officers and deputies and to act as the Appeals body in respect of misconduct of chief officers;

·  Licensing, Health and Safety and General Purposes Committee – Deals with a range of regulatory and quasi-judicial issues;

·  Licensing Act 2003 Committee – Responsible for licensing the sale and supply of alcohol, premises providing regulated entertainment and the provision of late-night refreshments; also, functions under the Gambling Act 2005;

·  Pensions Committee – Responsible for managing the Merseyside Pension Fund;

·  Planning Committee – Deals with Planning Applications;

·  Standards and Constitutional Oversight Committee – Deals with matters relating to the conduct of Councillors, employees, complaints and probity issues.

 

 

Constituency Committees

The Council appoints 4 area committees co-terminus with the four constituency boundaries to discharge functions in respect of that area of the authority as set out below.

 

The area committees are known as Constituency Committees.

 

The members of the committees will be members of the authority who are elected for electoral divisions or wards which fall wholly or partly within the wards comprising the area of the committee.

 

Other Meetings

Overview and Scrutiny Committees