The Local Government Act 2000 enables
Councils to delegate certain decisions to individual
Members. The legislation sought to
improve the transparency of the decision-making process and support
the role of the Cabinet.
Individual Cabinet Members may make
decisions if the nature of the decision falls within the
requirements specified in the Individual Cabinet Member Decision
Making Protocol; otherwise the Cabinet must take the
decision. In order to preserve
transparency and accountability in the individual decision-making
process the same procedures must be followed in terms of preparing
a report and the level of information within it as with a decision
by the Cabinet itself.
The Individual Cabinet Member
Decision Making Protocol is set out under Part 6 – Codes and
Protocols of the Council’s Constitution.