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Information about Council

Full Council is a meeting of all 84 Councillors and is chaired by the Lord Mayor.


Some important decisions can only be taken at Full Council, such as setting the Council's budget and deciding the Council's overall policies.


The Council appoints the Leader and at its Annual Meeting will appoint Councillors to serve on its Committees. It also appoints representatives to serve on joint bodies and external organisations.


Council Meeting in November 2021


The Council meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday 3rd November has been postponed. The meeting was due to be the first one back in the Town Hall Council Chamber since the start of the pandemic, but with the number of Covid cases rising in the city, it is felt that more space was needed than is available in the Town Hall. Ponds Forge International Sports Centre has been used recently for the Council meetings but is not available on 3rd November. The meeting will be rearranged once an alternative date and venue is confirmed. These details will be provided as soon as possible.


Attending Meetings


Meetings of the Council are open to the public.


PLEASE NOTE: Meetings of the Council have to be held as physical meetings. During the pandemic, the Council will apply social distancing and other public health safety measures in relation to attendance at the Council meetings, to provide a safe indoor environment for all attendees.


If you would like to attend the meeting, you must register to attend by emailing at least 2 clear days in advance of the date of the meeting.  This is necessary to facilitate the management of attendance at the meeting to maintain social distancing. In order to ensure safe access and to protect all attendees, you will be required to wear a face covering (unless you have an exemption) at all times within the venue. It is also recommended that you undertake a Covid-19 Rapid Lateral Flow Test within two days of the meeting. You can order tests online to be delivered to your home address, or you can collect tests from a local pharmacy. Further details of these tests and how to obtain them can be accessed here - Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (


We are unable to guarantee entrance to observers, as priority will be given to registered speakers.


Alternatively, you can observe the meeting remotely by clicking on the ‘view the webcast’ link provided on the meeting page  of the website.



Public Questions and Petitions


At every Full Council meeting (except at the Annual Meeting and at Extraordinary Meetings) there is an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions about Council business to the Executive Members and submit a petition under the agenda item ‘Public Questions and Petitions’.


The arrangements for dealing with questions and petitions at meetings of the Council are as follows:-


As we are still operating under Social Distancing Rules, if you wish to ask a question or present a petition at the meeting, you must submit the question/petition in writing at least 2 clear days in advance of the date of the meeting, by email to the following address:  This is necessary to facilitate the management of attendance at the meeting and to maintain social distancing.  For meetings held on a Wednesday, questions/petitions will need to be received by 9.00 a.m. on the Monday of that week. You will also be asked to provide a contact email and/or telephone number. (Details of how we will use and keep your information can be found here).


The Lord Mayor (as Chair of the meeting) has discretion as to how questions and petitions are presented at the meeting and as to whether you are invited to ask your question or present a petition at the meeting or they are read out at the meeting. A response to the question or petition will be given by the appropriate Executive Member.  If you are not able to attend the meeting, your question/petition may be referred to the appropriate Executive Member, and an answer/response will be provided to you.


Where a submitted question or petition cannot be answered because time does not allow, or where a Member undertakes to provide a written answer/response, the written answer/response will be provided to you and will be published on the Council’s website.


Please note that the Chair of the meeting may not accept petitions or questions which relate to:-


(i) matters not being within the responsibility of the Local Authority or which affects the City or its inhabitants;

(ii) judicial or quasi-judicial matters;

(iii) individual planning/licence/grant applications or appeals;

(iv) named officers or Members of the Council;

(v) confidential matters of the type referred to in Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act, 1972; or

(vi) matters of an irrelevant, repetitious, defamatory, frivolous or offensive nature or a general misuse of the opportunity.


Further information is available on submitting petitions.


Recording of Meetings


Recording is allowed at Council meetings under the direction of the Chair of the meeting. The protocol on audio/visual recording and photography provides further information.


Please note that remote meetings will be filmed for live or subsequent broadcast via the Council’s website. See the Council’s Webcasting Notice for more details.