Minutes, agendas, reports and contact details for the Cabinet.

1 What the Cabinet does

The West Sussex Cabinet has 8 Members selected from the Conservative majority.

The Cabinet is collectively responsible for:

  • the way the County Council carries out its functions in a way that satisfies local residents
  • generating income
  • deciding how the budget should be spent
  • undertaking major and sensitive decisions
  • setting key targets to be achieved by departments
  • monitoring how each department is performing
  • making sure contracts are managed properly.

The majority of day-to-day decisions are taken by Cabinet Members individually. Each Member has a portfolio of work for which they take personal responsibility. Decisions of individual Cabinet Members are published on our executive decisions page.

The formal Cabinet meets once a year to consider and propose the West Sussex Plan and annual budget, which are subject to agreement by the full Council of 70 Members.

Other Cabinet meetings may be held throughout the year to consider topical themes. Meeting agendas are published before the Cabinet meets, and meetings are open to the press and public.

Key decisions (for expenditure or savings of £500,000 or more or those which will have a significant effect on communities in two or more electoral divisions) to be made by Cabinet Members over the next four months are listed in the Forward Plan of key decisions

3 Meeting dates and locations

  • 30 January 2018
  • 29 January 2019

Start time - 2.15pm (unless otherwise stated)
Location - County Hall, Chichester (unless otherwise stated)

These meetings are open to the public.

4 Cabinet Members

Leader of the County Council: Louise Goldsmith

Portfolio responsibilities:

  • Strategic Political direction
  • Policy and Strategy
  • Communications
  • Transformation
  • Economy

Cabinet Member for Adults and Health: Amanda Jupp

Portfolio responsibilities:

  • Adult Social Care
  • Adult Safeguarding
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Public Health (in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People for relevant business)
  • Blue Badge Scheme
  • Coroner and Mortuaries

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People (Lead Member for Children): Stephen Hillier

Portfolio responsibilities:

  • Children’s Social Care
  • Children’s Safeguarding
  • Youth Services
  • Youth Justice
  • Early Help Services
  • Children’s Health - Public Health

Cabinet Member for Education and Skills (and Deputy Leader): Richard Burrett

Portfolio responsibilities:

  • Schools
  • Schools Place Planning
  • Adult Skills and Learning
  • Education
  • Further Education - Liaison
  • Skills Development and Apprenticeship
  • Special Educational Needs (in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People)
  • Schools Forum
  • Schools Capital Programme (in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources)

Cabinet Member for Environment: Deborah Urquhart

Portfolio responsibilities:

  • Waste Strategy
  • Recycling
  • Energy
  • South Downs National Park
  • Coast and Countryside
  • Rights of Way
  • Cycling Improvement (in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure)
  • Air Quality and Wellbeing (in consultation with the Leader)

Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources: Jeremy Hunt

Portfolio responsibilities:

  • Finance
  • Assets and Capital Programme
  • Pensions
  • Treasury and Investment Management
  • Capita Partnership
  • Human Resources
  • Facilities Management
  • Procurement
  • Legal Services
  • Democratic Services

Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure: Bob Lanzer

Portfolio responsibilities:

  • Highways
  • Transport Planning
  • A27 Improvement
  • Strategic Transport
  • Minerals
  • Planning
  • Flood Prevention
  • Broadband Digital
  • IT and Information
  • Railway and Public Transport Liaison
  • Cycling and Cycle ways

Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities: Debbie Kennard

Portfolio responsibilities:

  • Domestic Abuse
  • Community Safety
  • Trading Standards
  • 3rd Sector
  • Drug and Alcohol Action
  • Gypsy, Roma and Travellers
  • Registration Services
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Community Development
  • County Local Committees (Community Engagement)
  • Member Support
  • Fire & Rescue Service
  • Police Liaison
  • Emergencies and Resilience
  • Armed Forces Liaison
  • Military Covenant

Collective responsibilities

  • Performance Management
  • Procurement
  • Contract Management
  • Residents’ Satisfaction
  • Income Generation

Note - The Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources leads on the strategic approach to commissioning and performance management. Cabinet Members will take decisions individually on aspects of commissioning and contract management affecting their portfolio areas, but only after consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources.

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources shall be able to declare land and property as surplus to requirements (except schools’ property, which will be undertaken jointly with the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills) and, where the value is £500,000 or over, dispose of such land and property.

In addition, a number of responsibilities for particular Cabinet Members will be discharged in consultation with the Leader or another Cabinet Member as specified.

5 Contact details

Last updated:
20 June 2018

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