Meetings of the Executive
The Council elects one of the 96 councillors to be the Leader of the Council. The Leader then appoints other members to form the Executive, the 'cabinet' of the Council.
Including the Leader, there are 9 members of the Executive: the Leader, a Deputy Leader, a Substitute Deputy Leader, and six Executive Members each with a special responsibility for a particular area - Adult Services, Arts and Leisure, Children's Services, Environment, Finance and Human Resources, and Neighbourhood Services.
The Executive is responsible for implementing the budgetary and policy framework and has full authority in this respect. This means that most of its decisions do not need Council approval. Where, however, it is proposing changes to the framework these must be submitted to the Council for determination.
There is a Standing Consultative Panel, which has a invitation to attend the public meetings of the Executive. Members of the panel can speak at these meetings and can make propositions. However, only the Executive Members can vote on proposals and so they have the power to make decisions.
The members of the Executive are all from the majority party in the Council. The Executive plus the Consultative Panel is a politically balanced group reflecting the political balance of the Council. There are two Liberal Democrat members and six Labour members on the Panel.
The Executive meets in public every four weeks for most of the year. It may also meet in private. Key decisions can only be taken by the Executive at its public meetings. A key decision is one which either has a significant impact on the local community living in two or more wards or has major financial implications. In Manchester, although there are exceptions and qualifications, this is defined as involving expenditure / income of more than £500,000 or 10% of the particular service budget (subject to a minimum limit of £50,000).
The full remit of the Executive can be found in Part 3 of the Council's Constitution.
- Councillor Leese (Leader)
- Councillor J. Battle (Deputy Leader)
- Councillor S. Murphy (Substitute Deputy Leader)
- Councillor R Battle (Executive Member for Arts and Leisure)
- Councillor Priest (Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services)
- Councillor Andrews (Executive Member for Adult Services)
- Councillor N. Murphy (Executive Member for the Environment)
- Councillor A Khan (Executive Member for Children's Services)
- Councillor J Smith (Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources)
Standing consultative panel
- Councillor Akbar
- Councillor Craig
- Councillor Di Mauro
- Councillor Hyde
- Councillor Lone
- Councillor Rahman
- Councillor Reeves
- Councillor Wheale
Executive functions can be delegated to individual members of the Executive or chief officers. Chief officers may make key decisions and where they do, they are subject to similar rules which apply to key decisions made by the Executive. These require that all future key decisions should be included in a document known as Forward Plan. This sets out what the decision is about, when it will be made, what background documents are available, how the public may make representations, who has been consulted and other considerations. The plan covers a four month period and an updated version will be published each month as part of a rolling programme. Key decisions not in the Forward Plan cannot be taken unless strict criteria justifying the need for urgency have been met.
Once a key decision has been taken it will be published. At this point (again subject to strict criteria relating to urgency) it becomes subject to call-in to one of the council's overview and scrutiny committees. The call-in procedures apply to all Executive decisions, key decisions by chief officers and decisions by the council's Personnel and Art Galleries Committees.
If a decision is called in it would be put on the agenda of the next relevant overview and scrutiny committees.