The decision-making process

Council

The Council is responsible for approving new policies and for the setting of Council Tax. It is chaired by the Mayor and comprises of all 30 elected members. The way in which the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that they are efficient, transparent and accountable to citizens of Woking are set out in the Council's Constitution.

Executive

Day to day decisions are taken by the Executive, which is comprised of 7 members. It is accountable for decision making within Council policies, recommends to Council on strategic issues and ensures consistent application of corporate standards.

The work of the Executive is set out in the Forward Plan of Key Decisions, which contains the key decisions the Executive expects to make over the following four months.

Currently operating as a 'single party' Executive, all members are appointed from the political party with the highest number of Council seats, for 2016/17 the Conservative Party.

Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee scrutinises the work of the Executive and does not have any executive authority over the business of the Council. A total of 10 members of the Council are appointed to the Committee.

Regulatory Committees

Regulatory Committees relate to the exercising of specific functions such as the Development Control function (Planning Committee) and Licensing functions (Licensing Committee).

Standards & Audit Committee

The Standards & Audit Committee oversees the conduct of Members and promotes good practice in the Council. The Committee comprises Members and Independent Members of Woking Borough Council. It is chaired by an Independent Member.