EHDC runs on a 'Leader and Cabinet' model. This
works in the same way as the Prime Minister and Cabinet but on a
local scale. The political party which has had the most councillors
elected by the public forms the cabinet, and elects one of its
members as the Leader.
This model was adopted in East Hampshire after the Local Government
Act 2000. Following consultation with local people, 84% of
respondents felt EHDC should introduce a Leader and Cabinet model,
and it was adopted in June 2001.
The Cabinet makes collected policy decisions for the council. Each
Cabinet Member is responsible for an area of the Council's work,
known as portfolios.
The Cabinet will be advised and supported in its
policy formulation role by Panels with particular areas of
responsibility and encompassing a broad range of opinion and
expertise. In addition it is advised by a number of
The Cabinet has to make decisions which are in line
with the council's overall policies and budget. If it wishes to
make a decision which is outside the budget or policy framework,
this must be referred to the council as a whole to