Council and Committee Meetings

On these pages you can find out about the way decisions are taken by the council, and how you can participate in the process.
 
The council has a Leader and Cabinet, sometimes known as the Executive, which is where most decisions, including key decisions, are made. The Executive must publish a Notice of Decisions, which sets out decisions that it intends to take in the forthcoming period  Click here to view our webpage on the Leader and Cabinet,
 
The full City Council is responsible for agreeing the budget and capital spending programme for the council, and sets key policies. Click here to view our webpage on the full City Council
 
Councillors who are not in the Cabinet (Executive) can take part in Overview and Scrutiny.   Click here to view our webpage on Overview and Scrutiny. Overview and Scrutiny does not make decisions, but can be involved in the council’s work in other ways.  It can suggest ways to improve policies, budget and services.  It also has a role in holding the Cabinet to account for its decisions and the wider performance of public services in the city.
 
Further details of the process can be found in the City Council Constitution, which sets out how the council operates, how decisions are made, and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people  Click here to view our webpage on the Constitution
 
Agendas, reports, minutes and records of formal decisions taken by Committees of the council can be viewed or downloaded by following this link and records of formal decisions taken by Committees of the council can be viewed or downloaded from these pages. You can also find out the membership and who are the Chairs and Vice Chairs for each committee.
 
Most Committee meetings are open to the public, and at city council members of the public may ask questions of the Leader and Cabinet, or submit a petition for consideration at a meeting of the Council.
 
 
 
The Lord Mayor is the First Citizen of Stoke-on-Trent, and with this comes a high profile role in promoting and maintaining the interests of the city and its people. This is a ceremonial, not political, role.  Follow this link to view our Lord Mayor webpage