Given the ongoing and escalating situation regarding Coronavirus any council meeting taking place, will be held virtually and live streamed for the public to view. Please refer to the council website (please use the 'browse agenda, reports and minutes' link below) for details of meetings that are taking place or those that have been cancelled. Details will be updated regularly, please check back for the latest information.
The council is obliged to publish a weekly Committee Calendar (29kb) to advise which meetings are open to the public.
Each municipal year starts with the Annual Meeting, which is usually held in May.
Copies of agendas are available on the council website at least five working days before each meeting.
The council is comprised of 78 councillors. All councillors meet as City Council approximately 8 times per year. Meetings of City Council:
- are normally open to the public
- are recorded and available to view/hear on You Tube
- debate key issues facing the city
- decide overall policies and budget
- appoint the Leader of the Council and members of committees, joint committees and outside bodies
- discuss issues raised by councillors. These are called Notice of Motions (pdf, 107kb). Rules relating to these are set out in the Newcastle Charter. The full text of a Notice of Motion is available by accessing the City Council agendas
- receive questions and written replies. Questions and written replies are available by accessing the City Council agendas. Previous Questions to Council (pdf, 279kb)
Petitions and E Petitions
A petition is a quick and easy way to bring issues to the attention of councillors and officers. You can send a paper petition, an on-line e-petition or use a link to set up an e-petition via our website.
Browse further information on petitions and e-petitions
Cabinet comprises the Leader of the Council and nine other councillors. Individually, each councillor takes a leadership role and can make decisions in a specific area known as a Cabinet portfolio. Cabinet meets every month except for May, August and December. Meetings of Cabinet
- are held in public, except where personal or confidential matters are to be discussed.
- make key strategic decisions and implement council policies
Separate committees have been set up to either make decisions or make recommendations to City Council, such as on planning, licensing, employment, elections and constitution. These committees are known as non-executive committees:
- Constitutional Committee - Council constitution, corporate governance and strategic human resources issues
- Planning Committee - deals with planning functions
- Regulatory and Appeals Sub Committee - deals with regulatory and licensing functions except those in the Licensing Act 2003
- Licensing Sub Committee - deal with all licensing functions defined in the Licensing Act 2003 along with a range of appeals
- Standards Committee - promotes high standards of conduct by councillors
- Climate Change Committee - advises Cabinet and Council on actions and resources required to deliver on the city’s climate change ambitions as well as update on progress towards agreed targets and outcomes
Other committees have been set up to advise the City Council, Cabinet and officers before decisions are made. These committees are known as advisory committees:
- Audit Committee - oversees issues relating to financial probity
- Corporate Parent Advisory Committee - monitors the work of the council and other related agencies in contributing towards positive outcomes for looked after children
- Mansion House Trust Advisory Committee - in its function as sole trustee
Two scrutiny committees and a sub-committee operate in Newcastle, both are politically balanced:
- Overview and Scrutiny Committee is responsible for carrying out all council scrutiny activities, except for health and social care.
- Health Scrutiny Committee is responsible for carrying out all scrutiny activities in relation to health, public health and social care. This includes scrutiny of the commissioning and delivery of NHS funded services in Newcastle.
- Finance and Budget Monitoring Scrutiny Sub-Committee is responsible for examining the quarterly Cabinet reports on council performance and the council's annual budget proposals.
Ward Committees deal with service issues at a ward level and involve local people in decision-making. The Communities Team can provide more information on Ward Committees, grant funding and annual events.
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