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Leader of the Council


The Leader of the Council is elected by Council, and is by convention the leader of the largest political group on the Council.


The Leader of the Council also holds the portfolio for Strategy which is scrutinised by the Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee. 


The Leader shall be responsible for exercising functions on behalf of the Executive in the circumstances set out in the Council’s Executive Procedure Rules in Part 4 of this Constitution.


The Leader shall have the power to determine which Executive Councillor shall have responsibility for the exercise of executive functions in cases of doubt or in cases for which provision has not been made in the Constitution. Where the Leader decides to lead, or to co-ordinate work with one or more Executive Councillors, or take decisions on a matter within another executive portfolio (e.g. a major project), it will be identified in the Forward Plan.


The development, implementation and monitoring of the Council’s plans, policies and strategies relating to:

·  corporate objectives, policies and strategies of the Council subject, where necessary, to the approval of the Council and excluding those objectives, policies and strategies which are the responsibility of another Executive Councillor

·  programmes which give direction to, and co-ordinate, the implementation of the Council's corporate policies and priorities.

·  the need for, and the development of, new services and policy not within the terms of reference of other Executive Councillors

·  matters falling substantially within the Terms of Reference of more than one other Executive Councillor, where not otherwise delegated.


The exercise of the Council’s functions and the delivery of services including:

·  Strategy - all matters concerning national local government associations and corporate projects with Government, including council-wide bids for resources

·  The giving of any guarantee or incurring of any other commitments not specifically referred elsewhere

·  The exercise of compulsory purchase powers except where these are allocated to Executive Councillors relating to their portfolio responsibilities.

·  Ensure that the climate and biodiversity emergencies are considered in all initiatives in their portfolio and ensure their portfolio contributes towards Cambridge becoming a zero carbon city.


Functions and Services 


The exercise of the Council’s functions and the delivery of services in respect of the areas listed in Paragraph 1 including, by way of illustration: 


Corporate and Other Services 


·  The Council's emergency planning functions

·  Democratic Services

·  Other responsibilities which do not fall within the remit of another Executive Councillor. 


More Information


·  Executive posts and links to their details

·  The Executive Committee


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