Council structure

Political structure

Following the election in May 2018, Labour increased its majority of the council.

The council has the following make up:

  • Labour 50 seats
  • Conservative 9 seats
  • Independent 1 seat

The borough comprises twenty wards with sixty elected members overall who, together, form the full council which meets about nine times a year.

Council policy is decided by all 60 elected councillors meeting in full council. Formal council meetings are held to agree the council tax base and budget, elect the Mayor and other post holders and decide the main policy framework.

Cabinet

A Cabinet of ten councillors is responsible for bringing forward strategic policy proposals to be considered by the council. This Cabinet is responsible for overseeing the operational management of the council and for ensuring that agreed policies are carried out within the agreed budgetary framework. Each cabinet member is responsible for a specific crosscutting area of work. 

For more details of what each cabinet portfolio comprises

Area forums

Five area forums are responsible for monitoring the delivery of services in their areas. Up to three local people can be co-opted on to the committees to help with this work.

The area forums are:

  • Chiswick
  • Isleworth and Brentford
  • Heston and Cranford
  • Central Hounslow (Hounslow South, Central and West and Hounslow Heath)
  • Bedfont Hanworth Feltham )

Overview and Scrutiny arrangements

Hounslow also has a well established Overview and Scrutiny Committee. This Committee works with its three standing scrutiny panels to consider issues in detail.

These three standing scrutiny panels are:

  • Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel
  • Health and Adults Care Scrutiny Panel
  • Housing and Environment Scrutiny Panel

These panels may co-opt up to three people to help them in their work and can invite people to give evidence. The results of their reviews are reported to the Cabinet who are charged with bringing forward proposals for change and improvement.

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