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Council meetings open to the public

The calendar of County Council meetings can be viewed here

Council Meetings Calendar 2019-2020

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Council Meeting Calendar 2020-2021

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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 (Full Council) with meetings normally held six times a year.

The General Purposes Committee (with fifteen members) has an overarching and co-ordinating role and has authority for oversight, operation and review of "Corporate Services".  General Purposes Committee Terms of Reference.

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:

Other committees include Audit and Accounts Committee, Pension Fund Committee and Planning Committee, and several committees established jointly with other authorities.

  • Cambridge City Joint Area Committee is a joint committee of Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridge City Council to consider and determine significant transport issues within Cambridge City.

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 no later than five clear working days beforehand and are available electronically.  Paper copies of agendas are only available on request for those attending the meeting.  If you require a paper copy please e-mail [email protected]

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 and can be found here

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 contact Democratic Services.

Email: [email protected] or Telephone: 01223 699180.

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