Committees, council meetings and decision making

Council structure and constitution

Brighton & Hove City Council operates a committee system. This means that decisions are usually passed by a majority vote at committees. Committees are made up of representatives from every political group in the council.

Full council meets seven times a year. There are two special full council meetings each year.

At the other five meetings full council reviews the decisions made by committees.

Overview and scrutiny

The council's decisions are discussed and scrutinised by Councillors from all parties before they are made at committee meetings. In the past scrutiny panels have also examined specific topics or services but these panels are no longer run.

The council scrutinises health services in the city at the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.