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Nottinghamshire County Council - Proud of our past, ambitious for our future

How the Council works

County Councillors are usually members of a political party, but they can be independent. The party with the most Councillors becomes the ruling party.

Nottinghamshire County Council is currently under no overall control. You can view the current composition of the County Council on our elections page.

Full Council

Full Council is a major meeting of all 67 County Councillors and is the highest level of decision making in the Council. It:

  • meets approximately every eight weeks
  • sets and approves the policies and budgets within which the Council operates
  • appoints the Leader, committees and their chairs/vice-chairs
  • acts as a forum for political and policy debate on issues affecting the county and its people.

Council meetings are usually open to the public, to see agendas, reports and minutes please see the meetings calendar.


The Council operates a Committee system from which means that, apart from day-to-day operational decisions, decisions are made by committees comprised of Councillors from all political groups.

View details of the Council's committees, including their members and when they meet.


The Council has two scrutiny committees which focus on health issues.


The Council's Constitution sets out the legal rules it must follow, how decisions are made and the procedures which must be followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.

Council meetings

View the meetings calendar to find out the dates of Council meetings, including committees and Full Council, with agendas, reports and notes.

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