The role of councillors, employees, and how decisions are made

Employees of the Council

Employees of South Tyneside Council:

  • manage and deliver the everyday services that the Council provides
  • give advice to councillors
  • implement the decisions that councillors make on behalf of the people of the Borough

They are sometimes referred to as officers.

As employees, they are paid a salary or wage to do this work.

Councillors discuss and make decisions on a wide range of issues.

They do this through a formal committee structure. Different committees have different functions.

The Council itself decides on the budget and certain high level policies (known as the Policy Framework).

The Council's Cabinet Comittee is responsible for most day-to-day decisions but must take these within the budget and policy framework set by the Council.

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