Council set to change its decision-making arrangementsPublished Thursday, 22nd November 2018
Melton Borough Council has taken a significant step by changing the way it makes decisions.
The new arrangements will start in May 2019 and will support the council’s ambitions to become a more agile and commercial council.
At an Extraordinary Council Meeting held on 21 November 2018 the council agreed to change its governance arrangements from the ‘Committee system’ to ‘Executive arrangements’ in the form of a Leader and Cabinet model. In the current system, most policy decisions are made by councillors in a number of committee meetings. The new system will allow the newly formed Cabinet to make most policy decisions within a framework approved by Council which is a meeting of all councillors.
The Council will also introduce a Scrutiny Committee which will have a vital role in holding the Cabinet to account, developing the budget and policy framework and pursuing best practice in delivering services. It will also be an important link to the community and stakeholders.
A key component of realising the Council’s commercial and wider ambitions is to have quick and efficient decision making processes which this new system will support. Without the right governance arrangements in place to support members approved direction, the Council will be at risk of not being able to deliver against its objectives and at a time when resources continue to be under considerable strain it is imperative that all processes are as streamlined and efficient as possible.
Joe Orson, Leader of the Council said ‘this change in the way we make decisions means more people will have a say in local decisions and there will be more checks and balances on decisions we make. It will also enable us to make quicker decisions when needed to meet our commercial ambitions and to ensure we don’t miss out on time-limited opportunities in respect of all service areas. It is an exciting time for Melton and these new arrangements set the scene for a new and stronger Council following the elections next May.’
For more information please contact:
Hazel Paterson – Communications Officer
Melton Borough Council
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