How the Council works

Nottinghamshire County Council is currently governed by the Conservative Party (36 seats) 

The current composition of the County Council is:

  • The Nottinghamshire County Council Conservatives: 35 seats
  • Nottinghamshire County Council Labour Group: 15 seats
  • Independent Alliance Group: 15 seats (Independent Alliance Group includes 1 Liberal Democrats seat)
  • Independent member (Councillor Stephen Garner): 1 seat

Full Council

Full Council is a major meeting of all 66 county councillors and is the highest level of decision making in the Council. Full Council: 

  • 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.

Cabinet and Executive arrangements

The Council operates an Executive Leader and Cabinet model which means that decisions are taken by the Cabinet and individually by Cabinet Members, as well as by authorised officers.

View details of the Council’s Cabinet, including membership and when they meet.


The Council has the following Scrutiny Committees: -

  • Overview Committee
  • Adult Social Care and Public Health Select Committee
  • Children and Young People’s Select Committee
  • Place Select Committee.

The Council also has a Statutory Health Scrutiny Committee, which sits outside the Executive arrangements.

Council meetings

Council meetings are usually open to the public. To see agendas, reports and notes view the meetings calendar.


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.

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