How the council works
The council is made up of 61 councillors elected every four years. Councillors are democratically accountable to residents of their ward.
Councillors have a duty to the whole community but they have a special duty to their ward constituents.
The council has agreed a constitution which sets out how the council operates and the procedures followed in making decisions.
Councillors agree to follow a code of conduct to ensure high standards in the way they undertake their duties.
All councillors meet to decide the overall policy framework and to set budgets. These meetings are normally open to the public.
Chair of Council and Leader of the Council
The council appoints the Chair of Council who performs a civic role like a mayor. A Leader of the Council is appointed and they fulfil a political role. The council also appoints the chairs of the decision making committees.
Meetings and committees
To make decisions, the council appoints different committees. The decisions are recorded in the minutes of the committee meetings.
Members of the council may present petitions on behalf of their constituents, ask questions of executive councillors or submit motions for debate at meetings.
They may also contribute views during a meeting on a matter being discussed.
Members of the public may also make statements, ask questions or present petitions at any council or committee meeting.
The council employs staff to give advice, implement decisions and manage and deliver services.
Some staff have a specific duty to ensure that the council acts within the law and uses its resources wisely.
A code of practice governs the relationships between employees and members of the council.