How decisions are made
The Leader of the Council chooses up to nine other councillors to become Cabinet Members. Each of these Cabinet Members looks after particular services and have specific responsibilities.
The Cabinet normally meets 11 times a year. These meetings take place in County Hall in Chelmsford and are open to the public.
A typical Cabinet meeting includes discussion of key issues across members’ areas of responsibility, recommendations to Full Council about policy or the budget and any urgent issues that have come up.
Cabinet Member decisions
Cabinet Members can take decisions about matters within their area of responsibility, as long they don't go against council policy.
All decisions are subject to a three-day call-in period. This means that if a councillor on a Scrutiny Committee asks for the decision to be reversed or reviewed it must be looked at by a Committee.
Members of the Cabinet
|Member||Area of responsibility|
|Kevin Bentley||Leader of the Council|
|Louise McKinlay||Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community, Equality, Partnerships and Performance|
|Beverley Egan||Children’s Services and Early Years|
|John Spence||Health and Adult Social Care|
|Tony Ball||Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability|
|Lee Scott||Highways Maintenance and Sustainable Transport|
|Christopher Whitbread||Finance, Resources and Corporate Affairs|
|Lesley Wagland||Economic Renewal, Infrastructure and Planning|
|Malcolm Buckley||Waste Reduction and Recycling|
|Graham Butland||Devolution, the Arts, Heritage and Culture|