The Council's Cabinet is made up of seven Councillors including the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council and five other Councillors. The Leader is appointed for a four year term of office by a vote of the majority of Council Members.

The Leader decides the size of Cabinet, a minimum of three and a maximum of nine Members; appoints the Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Members on an annual basis; and allocates the Portfolios.

The Leader can be removed from office during the four year term by a vote of the majority of Council Members.

The Cabinet exercises the majority of its responsibilities collectively, however, the Leader can make most of the decisions on his own. The Leader is able to draw up the budget and new policies alone or with the Cabinet. A simple majority of Councillors can reject a proposal from the Leader/Cabinet.

The Cabinet consists of:

In addition to the above, Cabinet Members have their own specific responsibilities relating to their Portfolio together with a number of collective responsibilities. Details of these can be found in Schedule 2 in the Responsibility for Functions [pdf document] section of the Constitution.

Meetings of Cabinet are usually held monthly and the dates of meetings can be accessed view the Meetings Diary.

A Cabinet Newsletter is produced after each Full Council meeting, giving details of each Cabinet member's activities. Click here for details.

Key decisions

When major decisions are to be discussed or made by Cabinet, these are published in the Cabinet's Forward Plan in so far as they can be anticipated. If these major decisions are to be discussed with Council officers at a meeting of the Cabinet, this will generally be open for the public to attend, except where personal or confidential matters are being discussed.

Notice of Private Meetings of the Executive

The overwhelming majority of Cabinet meetings are held in open session and members of the press and public are welcome to attend. There are some exceptions when some parts of Cabinet business will be dealt with in private session. Meetings are held in private session if the information which otherwise would be disclosed falls into a statutory exempt category of information or if the information is confidential and where disclosure would breach an obligation of confidentiality.

Private sessions

Preliminary Notice - a notice informing of the intention to hold a meeting in private, including a statement of the reasons why the meeting is to be held in private.  This notice to be displayed 28 clear days before a private meeting.

Final Notice - a notice informing of the intention to hold a meeting in private, including a statement of the reasons why the meeting is to be held in private, details of any representations made about why the meeting should be open to the public and a statement of decision-making bodies response to those representations. This notice is to be displayed five clear days before a private meeting.

5 June 2018

3 April 2018

6 March 2018

5 December 2017

7 November 2017

10 October 2017

12 September 2017

11 July 2017

20 June 2017

  • Darlington Markets - Appointment of a Preferred Partner - Financing of Capital Expenditure

 2 May 2017

4 April 2017

7 March 2017

17 January 2017

6 December 2016

8 November 2016

11 October 2016

  • Central Park Update and Next Steps [pdf document]

12 July 2016

 14 June 2016

5 April 2016

  • Red Hall Regeneration Propose Mater Plan and Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy

8 March 2016

9 February 2016

5 January 2016 - Cabinet

6 October 2015 - Cabinet

8 September 2015 - Cabinet

7 July 2015 - Cabinet

16 June 2015 - Cabinet

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 3 February 2015 - Cabinet

6 January 2015 - Cabinet

2 December 2014 - Cabinet

1 July 2014 - Cabinet

29 April 2014 - Cabinet

1 April 2014 - Cabinet

3 December 2013 - Cabinet

5 November 2013 - Cabinet

1 October 2013 - Cabinet

3 September 2013 - Cabinet

4 June 2013 - Cabinet

7 May 2013 - Cabinet

9 April 2013 - Cabinet

5 March 2013 - Cabinet