Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy Executive

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, two Deputy Leaders and six Executive Members each with a special responsibility for a particular area - Adult Health and Wellbeing, Culture and Leisure, Children's Services,  Environment, Finance and Human Resources, and Neighbourhood Services.

The Executive meets in public every four weeks for most of the year. Members of the public are welcome. It may also meet in private to consider confidential business.

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.

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).

All Executive meetings are open to the public and broadcast live on the internet. The agenda and reports, which say what the meeting is considering, are on the website 5 clear working days before the meeting. If you come to a meeting and would like to speak about any of the matters under discussion please ask the Chair if this is possible. This is entirely a matter for the Chair of the meeting. The meetings are usually held in Room 2002 in the Town Hall extension.

The full remit of the Executive can be found in Part 3 of the Council's Constitution.

Executive Membership

Standing consultative panel

  • Councillor Akbar
  • Councillor Dar
  • Councillor Rowles
  • Councillor Bridges
  • Councillor Sheikh

Key Decisions


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 published in a register at least 28 days before they are made. The register 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. An updated version of the register will be published each month as part of a rolling programme. Key decisions not published in advance in this way can only be taken according to strict criteria justifying the need for urgency.


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 scrutiny committee.

See executive meeting dates, agendas and minutes.

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