The Mayor and Cabinet

The role of Mayor and Cabinet and decisions they can take.

Every year, the Mayor forms a Cabinet. The Cabinet is made up of the Mayor Marvin Rees and Cabinet members.

The Cabinet's role is to:

  • provide leadership
  • propose the budget and policy framework
  • implement policy through strategic directors.

Find Cabinet meetings

See the decisions that the Mayor will take in the next four months in the forward plan 

The Mayor

The Mayor has ultimate responsibility for all major policy decisions.  Whilst some of this responsibility may be delegated to, or shared with Cabinet members, the Bristol Mayor currently retains this function.

The Mayor makes 'executive' decisions within the budget and policy framework set by Full council. Executive decisions are only made by the Mayor that:

  • are more than £500,000 spending or savings or
  • have an impact on more than one ward

These decisions are taken in public at Cabinet meetingsHealth and Wellbeing Board and Learning City Partnership Board meetings.  

Cabinet members

Cabinet members are councillors with special responsibilities over an area of the council's activities, such as, neighbourhoods or transport. Their area of responsibility is known as their portfolio. 

Cabinet members may work with council officers and others to develop policy within their portfolio, which then comes to Cabinet for formal approval.

The Cabinet decides the council's key policies.

Councillor Leads

There are three supporting Councillor Leads who provide extra capacity for work on Public Transport and International relations.

Councillor Leads are not formal Cabinet Members.