How the Council works
County councillors are usually members of a political party but they can also be independent. The party with the most Councillors becomes the ruling part of the Council.
Nottinghamshire County Council is currently governed by a coalition of the Conservative Party (31 seats) and The Mansfield Independents (4 seats).
The current composition of the County Council is:
- The Nottinghamshire County Council Conservatives and Mansfield Independent Group: 35 seats
- Labour Party: 23 seats
- Ashfield Independents: 6 seats
- Liberal Democrats: 1 seat
- Independent (Councillor Maureen Dobson): 1 seat
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.
The Council operates a committee system 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 one scrutiny committee which focuses on health issues.
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.