Nottinghamshire County Council to hold last cabinet meeting following switch to committee system

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Nottinghamshire County Council’s last Cabinet meeting will take place today(18 April).

The Council is moving from a leader and cabinet system to a committee system which will come in to effect from the Annual Meeting of the County Council on 17 May 2012.

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

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

Coun Kay Cutts, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Wednesday will be a historic day for the County Council as it holds its last Cabinet meeting after 12 years of the executive system.

“The committee system has been criticised for being slower but there is no evidence for this assertion. Currently all council decisions have to be held over for five working days (effectively seven days) and are subject to call in. This will no longer be the case under the new system.

“The committee system is more democratic as it will allow all 67 councillors elected by the public to play their part in decision-making at committee meetings.

“All decisions will be made in public under the new system which makes it the most transparent form of governance.”