Role of a cabinet member

Each cabinet member is the spokesperson for the policy area or 'portfolio' they are responsible for.

They also:

  • lead on developing council policy and make recommendations to the Cabinet
  • provide guidance to the Cabinet on running activities
  • give guidance to the Cabinet on budget priorities
  • monitor performance and make sure policy is delivered
  • lead on improving council services
  • make sure that activities meet the council's overall vision, core values and guiding principles

Other cabinet member duties

Additional cabinet member responsibilities include:

  • contributing to debate and decision-making
  • working with councillors who are not members of the cabinet, members of the opposition and officers to make sure that the overview and scrutiny process works correctly
  • appearing before and responding to overview and scrutiny committee reports
  • representing the council at a national and local level