Council and committee meetings

Council and committee meetings

The County Council, as a whole, has overall responsibility for levels of spending and for major policies. All councillors meet together as the Council with meetings normally held six times a year.

Seven Policy and Service Committees, each with ten members chosen to reflect the political make-up of the Council, are responsible for most major decisions. They deal with different areas of Council business:

  • Adults Committee
  • Children and Young People Committee
  • Commercial and Investment Committee
  • Communities and Partnership Committee
  • Economy and Environment Committee
  • Health Committee
  • Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee

The General Purposes Committee (with fifteen members) has an overarching and co-ordinating role.  Other committees include the Planning Committee, and several committees established jointly with other authorities.

Meetings of the Council and its committees are usually open to the public to attend, except where confidential matters are to be discussed.  Agendas and reports for meetings are published about five clear working days beforehand.  Ways for the public to contribute to meetings are described here.

If you plan to attend a particular meeting, please check whether it is open to the public by looking at the agenda or contacting the Democratic Services Officer beforehand.

Agenda plans for the Policy and Service Committees, and details of when and how any key decision will be made are published on the Council's Forward Plan  page.

Cambridgeshire County Council has a Constitution which sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures that are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. It can be found here and includes details of the terms of reference of each Committee.

Council meetings open to the public

The calendar of County Council meetings can be viewed here

Council meeting calendars 2017 - 2019

Council Meeting Calendar 2017-2018

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Council Meeting Calendar 2018-2019

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Filming, recording and photos of meetings

The council supports the principle of transparency and encourages filming, recording and taking photographs at its meetings that are open to the public. It also welcomes the use of social networking and micro-blogging websites, such as Twitter and Facebook, to communicate with people about what is happening as it happens.

These arrangements operate in accordance with a Filming Protocol agreed by the Chairman of the Council and political group leaders.

Filming protocol

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If you need any further information about governance arrangements or council and committee meetings, please email [email protected] or telephone 01223 699180.

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