There are 78 councillors on Newcastle City Council. Three represent each of the 26 wards. Councillors decide the Council’s overall policies and set the budget each year. The Council appoints a Leader and Cabinet. A code of practice governs Member/Officer relations.
Scrutiny Panels are appointed by the Council to scrutinise the work carried out by the Cabinet (including officers) to ensure that the Council delivers the objectives set out in the Newcastle Plan and the Council's corporate policies. An Overview and Scrutiny Board co-ordinates the Council's scrutiny activities.
The Council employs officers to give advice, implement decisions and manage the day-to-day delivery of its services. The Council is split into a number of Directorates and led by a Chief Executive.
Certain officers have the power to make decisions on behalf of the Council. Some officers also have a specific duty to ensure that the Council acts within the law and uses its resources wisely.
A Council Business Model sets out the way in which Corporate Management Team, led by the Chief Executive, manages the business of the Council.
The Newcastle Charter is the City Council's Constitution, setting out the procedures and rules by which we operate.