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How the council works

How the council works

Our constitution governs how decisions are made, how we operate and the procedures that are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.

  • Decisions on issues affecting the council and its services are taken by councillors through the council and its committee meetings, most of which are open to the public.
  • Full council is made up of all 48 councillors and is responsible for deciding on the council’s overall budget and policy framework and setting the budget each year.
  • Many of the day-to-day decisions are taken by the executive decision making arm of the council known as the cabinet. Cabinet members have specific responsibilities for particular services and take decisions within the budget and policies agreed by the full council.
  • Before major decisions are to be discussed or made by the cabinet, these are published in the Forward Plan insofar as they can be anticipated. These major decisions are called "key decisions".
  • The day-to-day delivery of local services is carried out by various staff through the council’s management structure. The senior leadership team is headed by our chief executive Huw Bowen. He has overall responsibility for managing the council. The team comprises the chief executive and two executive directors, James Drury and Michael Rich, and the director of finance and resources, Kevin Hanlon. The senior leadership team and service managers form the corporate management team. This team helps deliver our vision, aims and priorities set out in our Council Plan. See details of the senior leadership team and corporate management team below.
Senior Managers Chart (pdf 1.11 MB)

Councillors who are not on the cabinet also have important roles in the council’s business. They may be members of one of the regulatory committees or carry out overview and scrutiny activities.

  • Our scrutiny committees and informal review panels support the work of the cabinet and the council as a whole. They take a closer look at our policies, decisions and performance and ensure that the cabinet is held to account. They also look in depth at areas of concern or special interest to Chesterfield people and in doing so help to improve the way the council does things.
  • Our planning committee has overall responsibility for planning decisions, listed building consent and the regulatory planning functions of the council.
  • Licensing matters are considered by our licensing committee and appeals and regulatory committee while the conduct of individual councillors and overview of budget and audit matters is overseen by our standards and audit committee.

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Find out more about the policies and plans we use including our constitution and council plan.

For further infomation, email democratic.services@chesterfield.gov.uk.


Last updated on 26 May 2017