A record of who is responsible for particular types of decisions or decisions relating to particular areas or functions can be found in part 3 of the Council Constitution.

Principles of decision making

All decisions of the council will be made in accordance with the following principles:

  1. proportionality (i.e. the action must be proportionate to the desired outcome)
  2. due consultation and the consideration of professional advice from officers
  3. respect for human rights
  4. a presumption in favour of openness
  5. clarity of aims and desired outcomes
  6. the legal test of reasonableness (i.e. the decision must not be so unreasonable that no reasonable Council could have reached it)

Key decisions

Key decisions are executive decisions, to be made by the Cabinet or an individual member of the Cabinet.

Key decisions include:

  • any decision incurring expenditure or making savings in excess of 10% of the relevant budget head or £500,000, whichever is smaller, unless the specific expenditure or saving has previously been agreed in full Council or it is a decision taken in accordance with the Council’s Treasury Management Policy
  • any decision which, in the view of the Leader of the Council, will have a significant effect on a significant number of people

Any decision approving proposals for the making of a plan or budget which requires the approval of the full Council will also be treated as a key decision.

Key decisions are made in accordance with the requirements of the various procedure rules set out in Part 4 of the Council Constitution.