Council meetings open to the public
The calendar of County Council meetings can be viewed here
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 has delegated authority to exercise the Council's functions relating to the delivery, by or on behalf of the County Council, of social care services to eligible adults within Cambridgeshire: (i) Services for people with physical disability; (ii) Services for people with learning disability; (iii) Mental health services; (iv) Preventative services; (v) Residential care; (vi) Carer support and (vii) Safeguarding.
- Children and Young People Committee has delegated authority to exercise all the Council's functions, save those reserved to Full Council, relating to the delivery, by or on behalf of, the County Council, of services relating to children and young people. These include: (i) Child protection; (ii) Children's Centres; (iii) Education, Schools and settings; (iv) Looked After Children; (v) Mental health services; (vi) Safeguarding; (vii)Special Educational Needs (SEN); (viii) Youth Offending Services and (ix) Youth services
- Commercial and Investment Committee has delegated authority to exercise the County Council’s functions in respect of the following: (i) Creating a commercially focused organisation through the development and implementation of innovative, growth focused, commercial strategy; (ii) Providing strong leadership which builds a robust commercial culture; (iii) Encouraging the development of new opportunities through establishing a risk appetite that stimulates the evaluation of new emerging markets and opportunities; (iv) Oversight and operation of all property-related and traded service functions.
- Communities and Partnership Committee is authorised by Full Council to deliver the County Council’s ambition to build stronger self-sustaining communities as expressed in its Community Resilience Strategy, and to work together with the Mayor, combined authority, district councils and other partners to design and deliver services which best meet the needs of those communities. The committee will develop plans, in this regard, with the Mayor, combined authority, district councils and other partners to deliver or jointly commission services for communities where it makes sense to do so, aligning resources and expertise around an agreed set of outcomes in order to make the most of public sector funds.
- Economy and Environment Committee has delegated authority to exercise all the County Council's functions, not otherwise reserved to Full Council, relating to the Economy and Environment within Cambridgeshire, including the following: (i) Environment and Commercial services; and (ii) Infrastructure and growth services
- Health Committee has delegated authority to exercise the County Council's functions in respect of the following: (i) the County Council's public health duty including health improvement, individual and community wellbeing, and reduction of health inequalities; (ii) responding as appropriate to central government consultation relating to policy or legislation falling within the remit of the Committee; (iii) the review and scrutiny of any matter relating to the planning, provision and operation of the health services in Cambridgeshire; and (iv) to report to the Secretary of State for Health on any proposals for substantial change to any part of the NHS's services within Cambridgeshire.
- Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee has delegated authority to exercise the County Council's functions, other than those reserved to Full Council, in relation to highways and community infrastructure within Cambridgeshire including: (i) Highways, and (ii) Cultural and Community Services.
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.
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.
Council and committee agendas and minutes before May 2014
If you need any further information about governance arrangements or council and committee meetings, please email [email protected] or telephone 01223 699180.