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Executive Board, portfolios and Ratification Committee

Executive Board
Liverpool City Council's Executive Board is made up of 11 senior councillors or Executive Members from the controlling party, who each have responsibility for a particular portfolio of business.

The Executive Board is chaired by the Leader of the Council and provides:

  • Corporate direction for the City Council

  • Develops and co-ordinates policies and budgets

  • Monitors overall performance

The recommendations of the Executive Board are forwarded to a Ratification Committee and are sent to all 99 Members of the City Council for consideration.

Portfolios are areas of responsibility for various services provided by the City Council. They are not necessarily the same as the traditional service areas (e.g. Education, Planning, Social Services etc) but they reflect more accurately a wider and cross cutting form of working within the City Council, with portfolio holders being responsible, for example, for Lifelong Learning, Supported Living etc.

A senior Councillor (Executive Member) and Director (Executive Officer) have been assigned to each portfolio and they have the following standard responsibilities:

  • Developing a strategic plan and action programme

  • Determining arrangements for effective monitoring and evaluation

  • Ensuring consistency with the community plan

  • Making linkages with other portfolios

  • Procuring appropriate services

  • Managing and using resources to best effect

Items of business requiring a decision are reported by executive officers to the Executive Member responsible for the relevant portfolio. Where necessary a view on the item will be obtained from the relevant Area Committee before a recommendation is made by the Executive Member.

Ratification Committee
The Ratification Committee has delegated powers to take decisions on all business that comes before it, without further reference to the City Council. The Ratification Committee meets weekly to consider:

  • All recommendations from the Executive Board that Members have not 'called in' to the Select Committees

  • Recommendations that have been 'called in' and considered by the Select Committee

  • Matters of urgency

To comply with existing legislation, the Ratification Committee will also act as the Social Services Committee for the City Council.

How to get involved
Meetings of the Ratification Committee are open to the public unless the reports are of a confidential nature. A schedule of City Council meetings is updated and published weekly. You can obtain it through Liverpool Direct


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