Who are we and what do we do
Information on the structure of the council and how it is run.
The council constitution framework sets out how we operate and how decisions are made together with the procedures which are followed to ensure that decisions and functions are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.
Council democratic structure (political)
The council is made up of 72 elected members (councillors) from a range of political groups who are the council's decision makers, agreeing policies and spending priorities. Read more about councillors.
The leader of the council is elected by the council and leads the cabinet.
The cabinet is made up of the leader and 9 councillors who are appointed cabinet members. Read more about the cabinet.
The lord mayor is appointed on an annual basis by the council.
Council management and directorate structure (day to day running)
Most recent election results
Community and town council
Working with independent bodies
In order that the council can maintain effective partnerships with independent bodies which have an impact on council services, representatives of the council (usually elected councillors) sit on the various committees and forums that are responsible for them. View the full list of bodies and members appointed to themOpens new window
The Contact Centre is located in the Civic Centre and provides a one-stop shop for residents to carry out a number of tasks including paying council bills. Where face to face contact isn't required we provide a large number of services online.