Full Council meetings are the principal forum for political debate, and the 70 members meet 6 times a year.
The full Council, which is chaired by the County Chairman, takes decisions on key policy plans. It appoints the Leader, who decides the areas of responsibility of the Cabinet, to which responsibility is delegated for carrying out many of the County Council's policies and strategies.
It also appoints select committees, which examine and review decisions and actions of the Cabinet as well as some non-executive committees.
Watch meetings online
You can view live or recent meetings online via our webcasts. These are audio and video transmissions which enable you to watch County Council meetings live from the comfort of your own home over the internet.
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