They do this by setting the overall policies and strategies for the Council and by monitoring the way in which these are implemented.
The day-to-day work of the council is carried out by employees working within our directorates.
There are also a number of committees who take decisions on separate aspects of business and these may advise the Cabinet or full council where appropriate.
We also publish meeting papers before a meeting is due to take place or a decision is to be made and we also publish the minutes or decision notices after it has taken place. Many of our meetings are open to the public to view.
Democratic Services are responsible for the effective day to day provision of support for the Council's decision making process.
There are several ways you can participate so have a look at the various ways you can get involved.