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NE DERBYSHIRE DC OPTS FOR LEADER AND CABINET

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New structures designed to modernise and streamline council business have been adopted by North East Derbyshire DC....
New structures designed to modernise and streamline council business have been adopted by North East Derbyshire DC.

The authority has now adopted a leader and cabinet system which is intended to make decision-making more open and efficient.

In May, the council, in accordance with government directions, canvassed the opinion of residents throughout the district, asking them what kind of format they would like to see in place. The results showed that 64% of respondents wanted a leader with cabinet.

At North East Derbyshire DC, the cabinet will be known as the executive. It will have 10 members, with portfolios covering areas such as housing, leisure and tourism and community planning.

In the past, council decisions were made through a system of committees and sub-committees. In future, the executive will make the majority of decisions, although five scrutiny committees, will overview decisions taken by the executive to ensure they are in accordance with the budget and agreed policies.

Said council leader David Nuttall: 'Our council supports the principle of modernising local government. Our decision to adopt a leader and cabinet system reflects the views and opinions expressed by the majority of respondents to our questionnaire.'

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