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    How East Hampshire District Council works

    EHDC officesEast Hampshire District Council is made up of 44 councillors elected every four years. Councillors are democratically accountable to the residents of their ward. The overriding duty of councillors is to the whole community, but they have a special duty to their constituents, including those who did not vote for them. 

    All councillors meet together for full council meetings six times a year. These are held in public, and are used to decide the council's overall policies and set the budget each year.

    Chairman of EHDC

    The first council meeting of the year (held in May) is devoted largely to appointing the Council Chairman (currently Cllr Chris Graham) and Vice Chairman (Cllr Patrick Burridge) and agreeing membership of committees and council representatives on outside bodies.

    Political Composition

    The current political composition of the council is: 
    Conservatives - 39
    Liberal Democrats - 3
    Independents - 2
                                                                          
    How decisions are made

    EHDC runs on a 'Leader and Cabinet' model. This works in the same way as the Prime Minister and Cabinet but on a local scale. The political party which has had the most councillors elected by the public forms the cabinet, and elects one of its members as the Leader.

    This model was adopted in East Hampshire after the Local Government Act 2000. Following consultation with local people, 84% of respondents felt EHDC should introduce a Leader and Cabinet model, and it was adopted in June 2001.

    Cabinet

    The Cabinet makes collected policy decisions for the council.  Each Cabinet Member is responsible for an area of the Council's work, known as portfolios.  The current portfolio holders are:  
    • Cllr Ferris Cowper - Leader and Finance 
    • Cllr Richard Millard - Deputy Leader and Commercial Contracts
    • Cllr Julie Butler - Economy
    • Cllr Nick Drew - Communities
    • Cllr Angela Glass - Planning
    • Cllr Jenny Gray - SDNP and Housing 
    • Cllr Melissa Maynard - Energy and Environment 
    • Cllr Bill Mouland - Communications  
    • Cllr Dean Phillips - Corporate Development

    The Cabinet will be advised and supported in its policy formulation role by Panels with particular areas of responsibility and encompassing a broad range of opinion and expertise. In addition it is advised by a number of committees.

    The Cabinet has to make decisions which are in line with the council's overall policies and budget. If it wishes to make a decision which is outside the budget or policy framework, this must be referred to the council as a whole to decide.

    Shadow Cabinet  

    • Cllr Philip Drury - Leader and Overview & Scrutiny
    • Cllr Zoya Faddy - Governance and Audit
    • Cllr Chris Wherrell - Deputy Leader amd Licensing

    EHDC's Constitution

    You can find out a lot more information about how EHDC works by taking a look at our Constitution, which sets out how the council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.

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