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Guide Portfolio holders

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9. Portfolio holder role

The role of a portfolio holder is:

  • collective responsibility for policy implementation as a cabinet member
  • specific responsibility for speaking at the cabinet on issues within allocated portfolios
  • exercise of delegated powers
  • speaking on behalf of the council at outside meetings where councillor attendance is required
  • an acceptance of the need to be well informed, and where appropriate to undergo training about relevant current issues
  • responding to media requests as appropriate in relation to topical issues
  • speaking at council meetings on issues relevant to the allocated portfolio
  • attendance at overview and scrutiny committees to speak on particular performance issues and to assist on the preparation of policy issues