Spelthorne Borough Council will launch a review of its governance processes and constitution, and will include the consideration to move to a Committee-based system.

Council Offices, Knowle Green

29 July 2020

Spelthorne Borough Council will launch a review of its governance processes and constitution, and will include the consideration to move to a Committee-based system.

Currently, the Council adopts the 'strong leader' model of governance where the leader and cabinet are responsible for polices, plans and strategies.

Under the Localism Act 2011, authorities were allowed to return to a Committee based system, which was the method of administration for all Councils prior to 2000. Under this model, a Council elects a leader but a number of committees, made up of Councillors in proportion to their parties' representation take responsibility for decisions made.

Cllr John Boughtflower, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, said: "I have previously indicated that I wished to set up a cross-party working group to review this Council's governance processes and constitution, including whether we should consider moving to a Committee-based system. We will now be proceeding with this review. It is my intention that this is a fully inclusive opportunity for all Councillors to participate in, as it is our constitution and it has to work for all of us in the years to come."

The Council will also be reviewing the introduction of different levels of authorisation for the Leader, Cabinet and for full Council, with the intention to provide more inclusivity at Council level.

Cllr Boughtflower added: "I will also be looking at limiting the Leader's authorisation to approve supplementary expenditure.  Finally, I intend to review the Cabinet procedure rules, and how the Leader may determine the discharge of Cabinet functions, with greater consultation with fellow Cabinet members, as well as increasing the quorum to five."