The Mayor must appoint
a cabinet of between two and nine members (currently 6, including
the Mayor), picked from the elected councillors. The Executive is made up of the Mayor and Cabinet
and when it meets collectively they are known as the Cabinet.
The Cabinet meets monthly, usually in public on a
Thursday at 5.00 pm. See
below for the dates and times of meetings.
The Mayor in
consultation with Cabinet makes key decisions as indicated in his
Scheme of Delegation and the Forward
Plan. The Cabinet considers all policy and budgetary framework
documents, reports from scrutiny bodies on scrutiny reviews.
The agenda and reports
are published 5 clear working days before the meeting and are
available on the Council’s Internet site or at libraries,
service centres and council offices or contact Member Services on
020 3373 4099. The decisions are also
published, usually 5 days after the meeting.
Each Cabinet Member is
in charge of a portfolio, rather like a Government
minister. The portfolios are usually
based on specific services such as housing, education and
adults services, or that cut across
these areas, such as social inclusion and customer
services. The Mayor can, if he wishes,
give these councillors decision making powers. At present, however, the role of the Cabinet is
The Mayor has also
appointed a number of Executive Advisers to assist him. They are invited to Cabinet meetings. See list of
information please contact Lucille Dunford on 020 3373 4099.