London Borough of Waltham Forest

Our council has a leader and cabinet responsible for making decisions.

Budget decisions and policies are determined by the full council (all 60 councillors). The leader and cabinet are responsible for most day-to-day decisions.

The leader and a cabinet includes up to nine other councillors, and is appointed annually by the council leader.

Each cabinet member has particular responsibilities.

The whole cabinet usually makes key decisions. Sometimes, a cabinet member can make a decision on his own if it doesn’t cause a problem for other services.

There are up to ten cabinet members with portfolios set by the leader and reported to council each year.

The cabinet decisions are made collectively, or through individual members.