About democratic processes
Further to the statutory provisions of the Local Government Act 2000, Harrow Council has adopted a Leader and Cabinet model Constitution.
Cabinet government is intended to provide greater transparency of decision-making and gives the council a more modern and efficient decision-making process. Cabinet and scrutiny committee meetings are both open to the press and public in Harrow.
The current decision making committee structure is available to view.
The full council remains the authority's supreme decision-making body and meets four times a year, including an annual "mayor-making" meeting, to consider strategic issues.
Cabinet comprises 10 elected members from the majority (Labour) group on the council, including the Leader and Deputy Leader. These 10 members form the executive and are responsible for carrying out most of the local authority's functions.
Cabinet meets on a monthly basis, with the exception of August, and makes both key and non-key decisions. Each cabinet member holds a portfolio within which they can take decisions on individual matters.
The scrutiny committees' role is to provide a check and balance on local decision-making.
The Overview and Scrutiny Committee, which is made up of nine councillors, cannot make decisions by itself - it can only examine decisions already made by council, the cabinet or other committees. Inter alia, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee's role is to support the executive's policy development function, the long-term strategic direction of the borough and to anticipate policy changes and determine their potential impact on residents. It meets seven times a year. It has set up the Performance and Finance Scrutiny Sub-Committee to consider/monitor the financial and service performance of the council and the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Sub-Committee to consider/monitor health matters.