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What is the Cabinet?
The Cabinet (or Executive) is made up of the Mayor and executive members, known as Assistant Mayors whose role is to:
- provide leadership
- propose the budget and policy framework
- implement policy through strategic directors.
Our committee meeting finder gives details of forthcoming meetings. This is where agenda papers can be viewed.
The Mayor has ultimate responsibility for all major policy decisions. Whilst some of this responsibility may be delegated to/shared with Assistant Mayors, the Bristol Mayor has decided to keep this function.
Key decision taking occurs at Cabinet meetings. The Mayor will take decisions following discussion with his Assistant Mayors or where relevant at the Health and Wellbeing Board, following discussion with the Board.
Assistant Mayors are councillors with special responsibilities over an area of the council's activities, for example neighbourhoods. Their area of responsibility is known as their portfolio.
Assistant Mayors may work with council officers and others to develop policy within their portfolio, which then comes to Cabinet for formal approval.
The makeup of the Cabinet is decided by the Mayor. The current Mayor's policy has been to invite councillors from all four parties who are represented on the council into his Cabinet.
Although the Cabinet only includes the Mayor and executive members, Full Council includes all members (ie councillors and the Mayor). The Full Council's role is to:
- approve or reject the budget and policy framework
- adopt the constitution
- appoint committees to be responsible for overview and scrutiny functions and regulatory matters.
The Cabinet has five members as well as the Mayor. The Assistant Mayors and their portfolios are as follows:
- Councillor Geoff Gollop - Deputy Mayor - with overall responsibility for budgetary control.
- Councillor Mark Bradshaw - Assistant Mayor for Place, to include Transport and Regeneration.
- Councillor Brenda Massey - Assistant Mayor for People, to include Education and Social Services.
- Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhoods, to include Health, Sports and Leisure.
- Councillor Simon Cook - Assistant Mayor for Business Change, Resources and the Arts.
Also, the Mayor has established the following Cabinet Advisors:
- Cabinet Advisor for Place - Councillor Mhairi Threlfall
- Cabinet Advisor for People - Councillor Barry Clark
- Cabinet Advisor for Neighbourhoods - Councillor Glenise Morgan
- Cabinet Advisor for Business Change and Resources - Councillor Charles Lucas
The Mayor keeps direct responsibility for other policy areas within his own portfolio.
Councillor Geoff Gollop is the Deputy Mayor.
See our councillor finder for more information.
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