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Executive arrangements

At Guildford we have the leader and cabinet executive (England) model, as specified in Section 11 (2A) of the Local Government Act 2000 (as amended). The key elements of the model are as follows:

1. Election of the Leader

The Leader shall be elected by full Council at its first meeting following the post-election annual meeting. The term of office of the Leader starts on the day of their election as Leader and ends on the day of the next post-election annual meeting unless they:

  • are removed from office by resolution of the Council (see paragraph 5 below);
  • resign before that day
  • cease to be a councillor before that day
  • During their term of office as Leader, the Leader shall continue to hold office as a councillor and accordingly any enactment which provides for earlier retirement as a councillor does not apply.

["post-election annual meeting" means the first annual meeting of the Council to be held after ordinary elections take place].

2. Scheme of Delegation /Appointment of the Executive

The Leader shall determine:

  • the scheme of delegation for the discharge of the executive functions of the Council
  • the size of the Executive and shall appoint between 2 and 9 other councillors to the Executive - those councillors shall be referred to as lead councillors, and
  • areas of responsibility (portfolios) to be allocated to lead councillors

The Leader may at any time:

  • remove lead councillors from the Executive
  • change lead councillors' areas of responsibility

The Leader shall report to the Council on all appointments to and changes to the Executive.

3. Appointment of Deputy Leader

The Leader shall appoint one of the lead councillors to be the Deputy Leader. The Deputy Leader shall hold office until the end of the Leader's term of office unless that person:

  • resigns as Deputy Leader

  • is removed from office by the Leader or

  • ceases to be a councillor.

In the event of any of the above occurring, the Leader shall appoint another lead councillor as Deputy Leader at the earliest opportunity.

4. Absent Leader

If, for any reason, the Leader is unable to act or the office of Leader is vacant, the Deputy Leader must act in their place.

If, for any reason, the Leader is unable to act or the office of Leader is vacant and the Deputy Leader is unable to act or the office of Deputy Leader is vacant, the Executive must act in the Leader's place or arrange for a member of the Executive to do so.

5. Removal of Leader from office

At any meeting of the full Council, a councillor may propose that "the Council has no confidence in the Leader". The question shall after debate be put and, if carried by a simple majority of those councillors present the Leader shall be removed from office.

If the Council passes a resolution to remove the Leader from office, a new Leader shall be elected:

(a) at the meeting at which the Leader is removed from office, or
(b) at a subsequent meeting.

6. Referendum

Under the 2007 Act, the Council has the option whether or not to make its proposals subject to a referendum. A referendum would require registered local government electors to endorse the Council's proposals. The cost of a referendum would be significant and given the low level of interest shown by the public during the consultation on the proposals, it is felt that there is insufficient justification to undertake a referendum in addition to the consultation exercise. Accordingly, no referendum shall be held as to the form of the Council's executive arrangements.

7. Local Choice Functions

The 2007 Act requires the Council to state the extent to which the local choice functions specified in regulations under Section 13(3)(b) of the Local Government Act 2000 are to be the responsibility of the form of executive which will be operated if the proposals are implemented. The Council proposes that these functions shall be discharged as currently set out in Appendix I of Part 3 of the Council's Constitution or until revised by the executive leader or Council under the new governance arrangements.