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Committee meeting change will allow for swifter decisions

Published: 12 October 2021

We are improving the way individual Cabinet members make decisions which will lead to swifter and more efficient decision-making and cut the authority’s carbon footprint.


Cabinet member meetings are held on a regular basis at County Hall, Matlock for each of the 9 council portfolios (areas of council work), for example Clean Growth and Regeneration, Education, and Adult Care.

Under the new process, formal Cabinet member meetings will no longer be required, which removes the need for an agenda and reports to be published online 5 clear days beforehand, that in turn will improve the speed and efficiency of decision-making.

There is no legal requirement to hold such meetings in person in this way, and the decision to cease Cabinet member meetings will allow Cabinet members to make decisions on an ad hoc basis, even on the same day if necessary.

Under the new system, a Cabinet member will still receive an officer report to consider in the usual way and will be fully briefed by officers informally before making a decision.

When a decision is made, a copy of the report and a written statement of the decision will be published on our website immediately to ensure we remain open and transparent, unless it contains exempt or confidential information.

The public will still have access to all the reports and decisions, unless they are exempt.

While attendance at Cabinet member meetings by the public has generally been very low over the years, if an issue under consideration has significant public interest, the decision can be made by our Cabinet, which will still meet in the usual way every 3 weeks. Alternatively the Cabinet member could decide to hold an informal meeting to listen to views.

As an Enterprising Council, as well as making decision-making much quicker, other benefits of stopping the meetings include reducing unnecessary trips to County Hall by officers and Cabinet members, helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

The move also brings us into line with the majority of other councils that already operate in this way.