Structure of the council

Birmingham City Council is structured as follows:

  • The City Council: responsible for approving or adopting the Council annual budget, and the plans or strategies included within the council’s policy framework and receiving reports from the Overview and Scrutiny Committees.
  • The Executive: Made up of the Leader, Deputy Leader and a Cabinet of 8 members. The Executive is responsible for all functions except those reserved for the full council, non executive functions delegated to the Regulatory Committees or Council Business Management Committee, the Overview and Scrutiny function, and the statutory functions of the Standards Committee. Executive decisions are made by the Cabinet, Chief Officers in consultation with Cabinet members, District Committees and Ward Forums.
  • District Committees and Ward Forums: Provide representation and decision making at a local level, and have responsibility for carrying out functions delegated to them by the Executive.
  • Overview and Scrutiny Committees: Responsible for scrutinising and reviewing the policies and performance of the Executive and council as a whole. They are structured to cover every aspect of the city council’s work. The Health and Social Care Committee also oversees health issues and looks at the work of the NHS in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
  • Regulatory Committees: Audit, licensing and public protection, planning standards and trusts and charities.
  • Council Business Management Committee: Responsible for planning meetings of the whole council and other matters that are appropriately dealt with on a whole council basis, or which have been decided as non-Executive functions.
  • Audit Committee: Responsible for providing independent assurance to the council on the effectiveness of the risk management framework and associated financial and other controls for advising on and/or reviewing the effective of other matters referred to it by the Executive, Overview and Scrutiny, and Regulatory committees.
  • Standards Committee: Responsible for promoting high standards of governance, advising on and monitoring the operation of Birmingham’s Code of Conduct for members, including determining, reviewing and hearing complaints against elected and co-opted members of the council for breaches of the code.