Decision Making in the Committee Structure

The Council has a hierarchy of decision-making. Some decisions are reserved to Full Council; some are reserved to standing committees, and some to local committees, some to other committees and panels, and some are delegated to individual employees.

All decisions of the Council are made in accordance with the following principles:

  • Proportionality (i.e. the action must be proportionate to the desired outcome)
  • Due consultation and the taking of professional advice from officers
  • Respect of human rights
  • A presumption in favour of openness
  • Clarity of aims and desired outcomes
  • The Council's Corporate Goals and Action Plans, core values and strategies
  • Within approved budgets

Standing Committees

The Council appoints Standing Committees. Their purpose is to examine in detail specific issues or aspects of policy, procedure or service, to make recommendations to the Council and to take decisions on those matters that do not need to be referred to the Council. The membership compromises of councillors from each party group and may include non-councillors by invitation. The Standing Committees in the London Borough of Sutton are:

Records of Decisions

Records of decisions made within committee meetings will be published within the minutes of the meeting. These minutes will be available as soon as is reasonably practical after the meeting.

Records of decisions made by officers under delegated authority will be published to the website.

The Forward Plan

The Forward Plan provides an overview of decisions which are due to be made by the committees of the council.