There are a number of meetings which Elected Members are required to attend; these meetings are proportionately set up, therefore there will be representation from each political party.
There are various types of Councillor meetings, all of which have different purposes and functions:
- Full Council - Council maintains responsibility for the Council’s functions which are not the responsibility of the Cabinet, and is Chaired by the Mayor with the Deputy Mayor as Vice Chair; all 60 Members will attend Council.
- Cabinet/Cabinet Boards (also known as the Executive) – The Executive make the main, overarching decisions for the Council. Sometimes the decisions will be made in a meeting of all members of the Executive (Cabinet) and sometimes the decisions will be made by two members of the Executive (Cabinet Boards). There are 5 Cabinet Boards, including Cabinet.
- Scrutiny Committees – Scrutiny Committees were introduced to ensure a greater number of Councillors were involved in influencing Council policy and service improvements, and provided checks and balances on the decisions taken by the Cabinet. NPTCBC has established 5 Scrutiny Committees and 2 Scrutiny Sub Committees.
- Regulatory Committees – Regulatory Committees are decision making forums that the Council has to have by law. Any Committee that carries out the Council's functions to determine applications for licences, certificates, registrations and similar consents, is classed as a Regulatory Committee. There are currently 10 different Regulatory Committees.
To get further insight into meetings that Councillors attend, you can view our YouTube channel which contains all of our recent public meetings.
We are utilising hybrid meetings at present, enabling individuals to join meetings from home to provide increase flexibility to Members.
Anyone can attend a public meeting to observe. If you would like to participate in any of the upcoming remote meetings, please email Democratic Services who will be able to give you instructions on how to join a particular meeting. Please refer to the calendar of meetings for further details of those taking place.
You can also visit the Councillors and Committees webpage, which provides even more detail on each type of meeting and the matters they consider