Council is moving to committee system of decision making

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Cheshire East Council will move to committee system of decision making next year.

The move away from the current 'leader and cabinet' model was confirmed at a special council meeting held on Wednesday, 19th November.

Under the new arrangements, which will be introduced in May 2021, decisions will be taken by committees made up of elected members in proportion to their representation at council. There will be six committees, all of which will meet in public.

The chair of the Constitution Committee, Councillor James Nicholas said: "The Independent Group have been leading the way on wanting this change since 2017. It has been a long struggle but yesterday there was strong support. This was a great day for the council as we continue to make changes that we believe will be to the benefit of Cheshire East residents."

He added "The committee system is more open, transparent and democratic and since the new administration began in May 2019 the Independent Councillors have been leading the way in making this happen, following the hugely successful ChangeCheshireEast Campaign started by the Independents in 2017."

The Leader of the Independent group, Craig Browne commented "The move to a more transparent and inclusive system of governance is just one of the ways in which we have been trying to change Cheshire East for the better, since Independent Councillors joined the leadership of the Council in May 2019. This decision marks the delivery of our key election promise to residents."

The decision was unanimously supported by 44 members of the Independent, Labour and Liberal Democrat Groups, but unanimously opposed by all 32 members of the Conservative Group present whilst two members abstained.

The change is fixed for a minimum of 5 years.

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Pete Taylor
Friday 20th November 2020 at 5:46 pm
Excellent news.
Duncan Herald
Saturday 21st November 2020 at 4:18 pm
So all committees will be run by the same group?
Kelvin Briggs
Sunday 22nd November 2020 at 5:21 pm
Why would two Councillors abstain from voting? Is that considered a positive view or abdication of responsibility? Can we find out who they are and who they represent? Can't see much value in fence sitters with so much to fix in Cheshire East.
Alan Brough
Sunday 22nd November 2020 at 9:07 pm
I guess that it will be possible to see who voted in which way via the CE website.

I agree with Kelvin Briggs that an abstention could be a dereliction of duty and needs to be closely scrutinised.
Pete Taylor
Monday 23rd November 2020 at 4:51 pm
An abstention usually means that an individual “representative” disagrees with what his/her political party is proposing but hasn’t got the strength of character to come out and say so.

This is why Independent representatives are so much better than Party Political “representatives”.

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