A Cabinet made up of the Leader, Deputy Leader and eight Cabinet Members is responsible for all executive decisions, with each Member holding the brief for a portfolio of services. Decisions can be taken by individual members of the Cabinet or collectively by the full Cabinet. The Leader determines what decisions are delegated to individual Members and this is set out in Table 2 of the Scheme of Delegation (Part 3 of the Council's Constitution).

The Cabinet leads the preparation of the Council's policies, budget and makes recommendations to the County Council on the major policy plans, budget and Council Tax. The Cabinet and Cabinet Members take decisions within this framework of plans and procedural rules approved by the Council. It is held to account by the Council for its performance.

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