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We have 57 elected councillors who are responsible for taking decisions about the future of Preston and important public services such as planning, housing, leisure and culture, and rubbish and recycling.
As well as representing the public, councillors also represent political parties. Currently, our councillors represent the following parties:
As the Labour Group has the most number of councillors, they have control of the council.
All 57 councillors meet every three months at the Full Council meeting and consider and discuss important issues affecting the city.
Just like our national government, most of the decision making is made by a smaller number of councillors called a Cabinet.
The Cabinet, which is made up of the Leader of the Council (currently Councillor Peter Rankin) and five other councillors, meets every month and takes the majority of the decisions for the council.
Cabinet’s decisions are monitored by a cross party committee called the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and they act to make sure that the right decisions are being made for Preston. The Overview and Scrutiny Committee can ask for important decisions to be made at Full Council, where all elected councillors can have a say and a vote.
Once a decision is taken by councillors it is down to the council’s officers to put these decisions into action.
Council officers are managed by the Chief Executive as well as by four other directors, which make up our Corporate Management Team. See our Council departments and management team page for more information. The council employs around 800 people to deliver all of its public services across Preston.
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