Council Meetings

How Decision Making Happens

Want to know more about decision making?

The Constitution details the principles and processes by which we make decisions (Part 1 chapter 13).


Responsibility for decision making:

There are many different types of decision, some of which are made by Councillors and others delegated to Officers. For details of responsibility see Hampshire's Constitution.

Since 2001 Hampshire has operated a Leader with Cabinet structure (which mirrors the arrangements in national Government) and it is the Cabinet and its members acting individually who take all executive decisions.

Hampshire’s Cabinet is made up of the Leader and 9 Executive Members who each have a portfolio of responsibilities. The Cabinet make decisions together on strategic issues and can take individual decisions on issues relating directly to portfolio areas.

  • What is a key decision?

    A key decision is an executive decision which is likely either:

    • to result in the Council incurring expenditure, or making savings, which go over £1,000,000 or are less than that but are significant in terms of the local authority's budget for the service or function to which the decision relates; or
    • to be significant because it is likely to affect communities living or working in two or more electoral divisions in the County's administrative area.
  • How do we know what decisions are being made?

    The Leader of the Council publishes the Forward Plan.which is a list of all the key decisions intended to be made so that there is an opportunity for people to contribute. The Forward Plan covers a four month period and is published each month, two weeks before it comes into operation.

    It describes:

    • what the decisions are;
    • who will make the decision;
    • who will be consulted and how;
    • the timescales by which any representations need to be made.