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Councillors and decision-making
Councillors are elected by the voters of Medway to make
decisions about how money is spent and what services are
provided by the council.
for your councillor by their name, party or ward.
Seats on the council
The council is made up of 55 councillors who represent 22 wards
throughout Medway. The current political make-up of the
- Conservative 38
- Labour 15
- UKIP 2
Decisions are made at meetings of the Cabinet, Full Council or
Currently, every four years, Medway Council's 55 councillors
elect a Leader.
The Leader then appoints a Deputy Leader and up to 8
other councillors to form a Cabinet.
The Cabinet is responsible for implementing the council's budget
and policies as well as forming partnerships with other key
The Full Council is responsible for setting the budget,
considering recommendations from the Cabinet and making some
decisions such as changes to the constitution.
Other decisions, such as those about planning applications, are
made by Committees.
The Leader and Cabinet are held to account by Overview and Scrutiny
Committees which are made up of councillors from all the
groups represented on the council.
The Mayor chairs Full
Council meetings and has a traditional ceremonial role.
Everyone is welcome to attend Cabinet, Full Council and
committee meetings to see how decisions are made. Times and
locations can be found in the
calendar of meetings.