The Leader of the Council is the leader of the political group with the most elected councillors on the council. The Cabinet is composed of the leader and eight other councillors (or Spokespersons) appointed by him. The Cabinet has overall responsibility for the services that the council provides and operates within the overall policies and budget agreed by the council. The Spokespersons lead the discussions in Cabinet on issues in their specific portfolio or group of services. Recommendations on major items of policy and on the annual budget and capital programme are passed to the council for consideration and approval. The individual Cabinet Spokespersons also have power to take more routine decisions about matters in their portfolio.
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