For each local authority there is a group of people who are in charge of what the council does.
This arrangement can be structured in 1 of 3 ways:
- a directly elected mayor and a cabinet of councillors
- a leader elected by the council and a cabinet of councillors
- a directly elected mayor and a council manager appointed by the council
Suffolk County Council has a leader elected by the council and a cabinet of councillors.
What is a directly elected mayor?
A directly elected mayor should not be confused with a ceremonial mayor. In many local authority areas a ceremonial mayor represents the area.
A directly elected mayor is elected by voters in the council's area to be the head of the council's decision making body.
Calling a referendum
A referendum gives voters in the area a chance to choose if they are happy with a constitutional change.
In order to call a referendum for a directly elected mayor a petition must be compiled and signed by 5% of the local government electors shown in the current Register of electors.
This 5% figure is known a the "verification figure" and is published annually as a formal notice.
Find out more
For more information please contact our councillor services office:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone 01473 265119 (weekdays between 9am and 5pm)