The Mayor appoints elected councillors to the cabinet (she can appoint between two and nine). She also appoints Mayoral advisers.
Decisions the cabinet makes
The Mayor is ultimately responsible for all executive decisions. Executive decisions can be made by:
- The Mayor
- The Mayor in consultation with the cabinet
- The Mayor in consultation with a cabinet member.
Each member of the cabinet is in charge of a portfolio, such as regeneration and strategic planning, equalities, housing and customer service. But these are advisory roles: cabinet members have no individual decision-making power, although the Mayor may delegate power to them either permanently or temporarily if she wishes.
Some executive decisions are known as key decisions, which can:
- Result in spending or saving in excess of £500,000 and, or
- Have a significant effect on two or more wards in the borough.
Each key decision needs to be published 28 days before the decision is made. If it is not possible to give 28 days, our Constitution sets out the procedure to be used to allow such decisions to be made.
How decisions are made
When the Mayor makes a decision with multiple cabinet members, she does so at monthly cabinet meetings.
These are held every month, except in August, at the Town Hall, East Ham, usually on Thursday evenings. They are open to the public.