The role of councillors, employees, and how decisions are made
Employees of the Council
Employees of the Council, usually referred to as officers in the case of white collar employee, give advice to councillors, manage and deliver the everyday services that the Council provides and implement the decisions that councillors make on behalf of the people of the Borough. 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 cabinet is responsible for most day-to-day decisions but must take these within the budget and policy framework set by the Council.