Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Sandwell Council House, Oldbury

Contact: Democratic Services 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Councillor Ali and Millard.




Members to declare any interests in matters to be discussed at the meeting


No declarations of interest were made at the meeting.


Urgent Business

To determine whether there are any additional items of business which, by reason of special circumstances, the Chair decides should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.


There were no additional items of business to consider.



Constitution Review - Cabinet Advisors pdf icon PDF 226 KB

To consider and make recommendations to Council on revisions to the cabinet advisor roles and responsibilities


Additional documents:


The Committee gave consideration to a report outlining proposed changes to the role descriptions for Cabinet Advisors, following the re-alignment of cabinet portfolios. 


In considering the report, the Committee was advised that the revised role descriptions were focused against 6 prominent local issues as follows:


                Clean and Green – addressing the various factors that drive a clean and green environment, including ensuring Sandwell meets its net zero targets

                Crime and community safety – addressing the council and partnership response to crime and safety, particularly ASB, to ensure residents feel safer

                Business ambassadors and community wealth – working in collaboration with Sandwell’s business ambassadors and developing Sandwell’s approach to community wealth

                Young people and skills – working across the council and through partnership to ensure our young people are supported to meet their aspirations

                Wellbeing and Mental health – through partnership, encouraging a community-based approach to raising wellbeing and particularly mental health

                Digital inclusion and 5G – addressing the various reasons for digital exclusion and ensuring Sandwell’s digital infrastructure is fit for the future


In response to a question on the roles of the Cabinet Advisor, the Chair clarified that the positions were not within the remit of the Council’s scrutiny function but supported with the development of corporate policy in accordance with the scope of the individual role.


Following a request for the Council to formally recognise an opposition shadow cabinet, the Chair, in his capacity as Leader of the Council, undertook to consider this further.


Resolved: That Full Council be recommended to approve the revised role descriptions for Cabinet advisors as attached at appendix 1 to the report.