Redcar and Cleveland Council's Democracy Commission has begun to discuss how it will consult the public about implementing the Executive arrangements in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2008.
The Act requires any Council in England to operate one of the following models:
Option 1 Mayor and Cabinet Executive
A Mayor directly elected by the people in a stand alone election separate to that of Council.
The mayor would ask a small number of councillors to join her or him to share in the leadership of the authority (cabinet).
Option 2: Council Leader and Cabinet
Leader chosen by fellow Councillors.
All councillors would be elected by the public and together would form the Council. The council leader would have the power to choose their cabinet.
The form the public consultation will take is currently under discussion by the Democracy Commission and will be looked at by the Scrutiny Board in Septemebr. A final decision has to be taken by 31st December 2010 and implemented three days after the May 2011 Council elections.