Nottinghamshire County Council to discuss plans to abolish leader and cabinet system

Plans to develop proposals to change from a leader and cabinet system to reinstate a committee system at Nottinghamshire County Council are to be considered at the next Full Council meeting on Thursday 26th January.

Councillors at the meeting will decide whether further plans should be progressed on how a committee system could work at the authority.

The Localism Act, which was introduced last November, gives greater freedom to local authorities. It allows authorities to decide for themselves what system of governance they want to operate.

Local authorities with a population of 85,000 or more had to change from a committee system to a leader and cabinet or mayor and cabinet system, known as executive arrangements, in 2000.

Under the present system at the County Council, decisions are taken by Council, the Cabinet or its individual members, and in some cases officers.

The committee system would involve all decisions being made by committees rather than individuals with the exception of day-to-day operational matters.

Committees would be made up of councillors from all parties to reflect the political balance of the authority.

Leader Coun Kay Cutts said: “The committee system is the most democratic and transparent form of governance. It ensures all 67 councillors elected by the public play a role in decision-making and shaping the policy of the Council.

“It ensures greater transparency as no decisions are made behind closed doors – all decision-making meetings are held in public.”