Democracy in Bournemouth

Learn how the Council works

Your council is run as follows:

There are ten Councillors in our Cabinet. They are appointed to these positions by the leader. 

The Cabinet makes decisions on key strategic issues and is responsible for implementing the agreed policies of the Council. 

There are six Overview and Scrutiny panels that hold the Cabinet and, in certain cases, external organisations, accountable for their decisions and help them to create and review policies, and oversee the operations and spending levels for our local areas.

Full Council makes sure the Cabinet’s decisions will work for Bournemouth residents. The Cabinet refers many key decisions to the full Council, because they are so important that all Councillors need to be involved

Under the Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012, Members are required to disclose certain pecuniary interests (pecuniary interests mean their business interests, for example their employment, trade, profession, contracts, or any company with which they are associated) and wider financial interests they might have (for example trust funds, investments, and assets including land and property).

See the Register of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests for more information.