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Selby's council structure announced

Selby District Council

12:31pm 18th May 2011

Selby District Council has announced who will be on the authority's new Executive, as the Council starts to make decisions in a new way.

Members of the Executive were confirmed at a Council meeting last night (Tuesday 17th May).  The Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane, will be joined by the new Deputy Leader, Cllr Gillian Ivey, and Cllrs Cliff Lunn, John Mackman and Chris Metcalfe.

This new way of working replaces the previous system of making decisions through a number of board and committees.  Under the arrangements, put in place from this month, policy is shaped by the Leader and Executive, although final decisions about budgets or policy changes go to meetings of the Full Council.

The aim of this change is to speed up decision making so the Council can be more responsive to the needs of residents, to improve accountability by making it clear who has made decisions and why, and also to support all councillors to take a greater role representing the needs of their local wards.

Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said:

"The new Leader and Executive model now enables us to take important decisions quickly, ultimately better supporting our communities and the people we serve.

"The new way of working also supports every single councillor in their role as the guardian of local interests.  The move gives them more flexibility to represent the individual views of their constituents."

The Executive will develop and propose policy for the Council and has the authority to take all decisions within the Budget and Policy Framework agreed by Full Council, including Key Decisions.  Key Decisions are defined as issues that have a significant impact in two or more wards or have spending or saving implications of more than £150,000.

All councillors will continue to meet as Full Council to decide the overall policies and set the budget each year.

Under these new arrangements there will also be three scrutiny committees: to support the development of central policy, to scrutinise decisions and performance and to monitor the Council's control procedures and risk management.  The Council will continue to operate three regulatory committees covering planning, licensing and standards.

The new way of working is supported by the five Community Engagement Forums operating across the district.  These groups are designed to help residents to help themselves by giving people a greater say over their local services.  Find out more online: www.your-community.org.uk.  They also support councillors to play a leading role in dealing with local issues affecting their wards.  

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