Constitution - Part 2B - The Cabinet



1.1 The Cabinet (comprising the Leader of the Council and up to 9 other members appointed by him/her) is the main decision making body of the County Council.

1.2 The Cabinet is responsible for all the functions of the County Council unless they are delegated elsewhere, either by law or under this Constitution.

1.3 The powers and functions of the Cabinet are known as "executive" functions. (Glossary of Terms PDF 153kb)

2.1 The functions of the Cabinet are to:

(a) Recommend to full Council the annual revenue budget and capital programme and Treasury Management Strategy

(b) Recommend in-year changes to the budget that are reserved to full Council.

(c) Recommend to full Council the policies and strategies that form the Policy Framework. (paragraph 3.1)

(d)Consider and review reports on the implementation of the budget;

(e) Approve in-year changes to the budget and Capital Programme that are reserved to Cabinet;

(f) Approve receipt of external grant funding and authorise the council to act as Accountable Body on behalf of other organisations;

(g)Approve new Capital schemes up to £0.500m where funded from additional Government grants and/or grants or contributions from external bodies.

(h) Consider and review reports on the council's performance;

(i)Approve the award of contracts that are reserved to Cabinet (paragraph 6.37);

(j) Agree strategies and plans that are not in the Policy Framework and are not delegated to Executive Directors;

(k) Take decisions to implement the County Council's policies that are not delegated to Executive Directors;

(l) Consider reports on significant changes or issues relating to service delivery;

(m) Agree responses to consultation papers when appropriate;

(n) Make appointments to and the payment of grants to outside bodies within its remit;

(o) Receive and consider referrals from Local Committees and Scrutiny Advisory Boards, including referrals from the call-in process;

(p) Have responsibility for Health and Safety for the Council as an employer.

2.2 The Cabinet may also act on behalf of the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service for the purposes of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004.

2.3 No Cabinet functions are currently delegated to individual members of the Cabinet.

3.1 The Leader is elected by a simple majority at the annual Council meeting following the four-yearly county council elections. The Leader holds office for 4 years and remains in position until the annual Council meeting following the next county council elections, unless:

(a) He/she resigns as Leader; or

(b) He/she is disqualified or is otherwise removed from office; or

(c) The Council passes a resolution to remove the Leader; or

(d) He/she is no longer a member

(N.B. if the Leader is not elected or does not stand for election, he/she will remain in office during the period between the election and the annual Council meeting when a new Leader will be elected);

3.2 Where the Council decides (by a simple majority of those present) to remove the Leader from office a new Leader will either be elected at the meeting which takes that decision or at the next meeting. 

3.3 Otherwise, in the event of there being a vacancy in the office of Leader, the Council shall elect a new Leader at its next ordinary meeting of full Council

4.1 The Leader will appoint a member to be Deputy Leader of the Council.  The Deputy Leader must be a member of the Cabinet.

4.2 The Deputy Leader will hold office until the end of the Leader's term of office, unless:

(a) He/she resigns as Deputy Leader; or

(b) He/she is removed by the Leader; or

(c) He/she ceases to be a member of the Council.

4.3 If for any reason the Leader is unable to act or the office of Leader is vacant, the Deputy Leader will act in his/her place.

5.1 The Leader shall also appoint between one and eight other members of the Council to serve on the Cabinet.

5.2 If for any reason the Deputy Leader is unable to act or the office is vacant, the Cabinet will act in the Deputy Leader's place or will arrange for a member of the Cabinet to act in his/her place.

6.1 The other Cabinet members shall hold office until:

(a) They resign from office as a Cabinet member; or

(b) They cease to be a member of the Council; or

(c) They are removed from office by the Leader; or

(d) The date of the Council's annual meeting in the year in which ordinary County Council elections take place.

6.2 The Leader shall notify the Monitoring Officer in writing of the size and composition of the Cabinet and of any subsequent changes and the date from which any changes are to take effect.

6.3 The Monitoring Officer must inform all members of the County Council of any changes to the size and composition of the Cabinet within seven working days of being notified by the Leader.

7.1 The Cabinet will conduct its proceedings in accordance with the Cabinet Procedure rules set out in Part 5B of this Constitution .

8.1 The membership of the Cabinet (as at 23 October 2018) is set out in the table below.

NamePortfolio HolderResponsibilities

Mr SF Young

Leader of the Council

Strategic Overview
Corporate Governance
Key External Relations
Health and Wellbeing Board

Mr Peter Thornton 
(Liberal Democrat)
Deputy leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance

Strategic Overview
Commissioning and Procurement
Enterprise and Innovation

Mrs A Burns

Children's Services
(Statutory Lead Member for Children's Services)
Children and Families
Early Help and Partnerships

Ms Sue Sanderson
(Liberal Democrat)

Schools and Learning

Schools and Learning

Mr KA Little

Highways and Transport

Flood Protection
Windermere Ferry

Mrs Patricia Bell
(Liberal Democrat)

Health and Care ServicesSocial Care
Older Adults
Physical Disabilities
Learning Disabilities
Mental Health
Cumbria Care

Ms Celia Tibble


Trading Standards
Energy Efficiency
Countryside Access
Health and Safety

Mr DE Southward

Economic Development and Property

Economic Development
Connecting Cumbria
Nuclear related issues
Port of Workington

Ms Deborah Earl

Public Health and Community Services

Public Health
Local Committees 
Libraries and Archives
Adult and Community Learning
Active Cumbria

Ms Janet Willis
(Liberal Democrat)

Customers, Transformation and Fire and Rescue

Customer Services
IT and Digital Transformation
Organisational Change
People Management
Member Development
Community Safety
Fire and Rescue Service
Resilience Planning