Cabinet

The Cabinet

In accordance with the Local Government Act 2000 (as amended), the Leader:

  • determines the size of and appoints between 2 and 9 Members of the Council to the Cabinet in addition to himself;

  • allocates areas of responsibility (Portfolio Holder remits) to Members appointed to the Cabinet; and

  • may remove Members from and appoint replacements to the Cabinet at any time.

The Cabinet makes major decisions and policy proposals, with the Overview and Scrutiny Committee examining these decisions in detail and developing new policies for the Cabinet to consider.

The Cabinet comprises the Leader of the Council and nine Members with the following clearly defined Portfolio Holder remits:

Councillor Stuart Selleck, Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Corporate Development

  • Presents the big picture;

  • Revenue & Capital Budgets;

  • Annual Budget Statement;

  • Overall priorities and policy issues;

  • Chairs the Cabinet and presents the Forward Plan of work;

  • Organisational Improvement & Performance Management;

  • Communications;

  • Equalities & Diversity;

  • Personnel (excluding appointments & dismissals);

  • Emergency Planning;

  • Member Services;

  • Customer Services;

  • Electoral Services

Councillor Mary Marshall, Portfolio Holder for Community Development

  • Community Leadership;

  • Community Strategy;

  • Joint Community Working and Partnership (County Council, Police etc);

  • Neighbourhoods & Social Exclusion;

  • Community Safety including CCTV;

  • Local Area Agreements / Public Service Agreements;

  • Community Engagement & Consultation;

  • Economic Well-being & Business Network / Liaison

Councillor Barry Fairbank, Portfolio Holder for Environment

  • Waste Management;

  • Environmental Well-being;

  • Environmental Health and Licensing;

  • Street Cleaning Services;

  • Sustainability including Energy and Climate Change

Councillor Andrew Davis, Portfolio Holder for Highways & Transport and Deputy Leader

  • Liaison with Highway Authority;

  • Off Street Car Parking;

  • Public Transport;

  • Traffic Management

Councillor Roy Green, Portfolio Holder for Housing

  • Housing Strategy;

  • Allocation of Housing Enabling Funds;

  • Overview of Housing Services;

  • Housing Benefits;

  • Promotion of Affordable Housing;

  • Liaison with Registered Social Landlords;

  • Housing Policy;

  • Housing Advice;

  • Homelessness;

  • Grants - Private and Disability (e.g. Disabled Facilities Grants)

Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture

  • Arts & Culture;

  • Sport & Leisure;

  • Parks & Recreation;

  • Promoting Healthy Lifestyles;

  • Youth;

  • Children's Issues (including Member Champion for Child Protection);

  • Museums;

  • Public Halls;

  • Cemeteries;

  • Tourism;

  • Public Conveniences

Councillor Karen Randolph, Portfolio Holder for Planning Services

  • Planning Policy including Local Plan Planning Development Framework,

  • Development Control including Tree Preservation Orders,

  • Design Champion Role,

  • Building Control,

  • Street Naming [Note - operation under ISD although CIPFA guidance indicates inclusion under Regulatory],

  • Section 106 Small Scale Site Tariff Spending Programmes,

  • Land Charges

Councillor Chris Sadler, Portfolio Holder for Resources

  • Value for Money;

  • Financial management including Insurance;

  • Treasury Management (implementation of policies, practices and activities, including annual strategy and plan, mid year review and annual report);

  • Local Taxation;

  • Strategic Risk Management;

  • Audit and Corporate Governance;

  • ICT;

  • Information Security;

  • Asset Management and Property (including Tree Risk Strategy);

  • Legal;

  • Procurement Champion

Councillor Ruth Lyon, Portfolio Holder for Social Affairs

  • Health matters and liaison with relevant bodies;

  • Voluntary Sector liaison and support;

  • Services for older people and disabled people (Meals on Wheels, Community Transport, Community Alarm and Telecare and Elmbridge Relief Carers Scheme);

  • and Centres for the Community.

Role of the Cabinet

The Cabinet has executive decision making responsibilities, in accordance with the Council's agreed Budget and Policy Framework. The Constitution also provides for Individual Cabinet Member Decision Making with a specific protocol and clear delegations. There is a statutory obligation to publish a Forward Plan of 'key decisions', which the Cabinet intends to take in the four month period following the publication of the Forward Plan. A key decision is one which results in the Council incurring expenditure which is, or the making of savings which are, significant with regard to the Council's budget, or is significant in terms of its effect on communities living or working in an area comprising two or more electoral divisions. The Forward Plan is updated monthly and lists the items for the Cabinet's consideration and contains the particulars of the matters in respect of those decisions which are to be made.

Attending Cabinet Meetings

Members of the public are very welcome to attend and watch the proceedings at meetings of the Cabinet. All Cabinet meetings are open to the press and public (subject to various legislative exclusions) and agendas and minutes are available online via the Calendar of Meetings. Cabinet meetings are normally held in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre, Esher and commence at 7.00 p.m.

New Executive Arrangements

The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 required Elmbridge Borough Council to make changes to its decision-making arrangements. The new arrangements came into effect immediately after the elections in May 2011. Proposals in this regard were considered by the Council at a Special Meeting on 6 October 2010.

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