A spokesman for the authority said the proposed system had been tweaked to to suit the needs of the county. He confirmed that the cabinet of Labour members would meet in private, but the team, called the strategy group, will not make decisions. Instead it will put forward policy proposals to an executive panel.
This cross-party committee, which will meet in public, will make the decisions. The council has now agreed to implement the interim method for a year. It has also decided to increase councillors' allowances from£1,375 - plus another£1,500 in attendance allowances - to a flat rate of£5,000.