East Hampshire District Council is made up of 43 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.
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.
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 Richard Millard (Leader) - Corporate Strategy and Transformation
- Cllr Julie Butler (Deputy Leader) - Community Engagement
- Cllr Nick Drew - Change and Performance
- Cllr Angela Glass - Regulation and Enforcement
- Cllr Ken Moon - Economic Prosperity
- Cllr Robert Mocatta - Regeneration and Prosperity
- Cllr Charles Louisson - Corporate Governance
- Cllr Tony Costigan - Investment Property
For a full list of what comes under each portfolio can be found in the responsibilities list.
- Councillor portfolio responsibilities (pdf 96 kb)
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.
Chairman of the council
East Hampshire District Council elected Cllr Sally Pond as its chairman of the coming year, during its Full Council meeting on Thursday 19 May.