The Cabinet makes decisions in line with the council's overall policies and budget. When major decisions are to be discussed or made, these are published in the Leader's Forward Plan.
The role of Cabinet

The Cabinet is part of the council's decision-making process. Decisions about the day to day running of council services are taken by the Cabinet within the framework of the council's constitution, budgets and plans approved by the council.

The Cabinet advises councillors and the full Council on major items of policy and exercises financial management within agreed budgets. If the Cabinet wishes to make a decision which is outside the budget or policy framework, this must be referred to Full Council to decide.

Most items at Cabinet and Cabinet Panel meetings are open to the public. Some matters are discussed in private because of their confidential or commercial nature.

How Cabinet decisions are made

Cabinet decisions can be taken by:

  • the whole Cabinet meeting together 
  • Cabinet Panels
  • an individual Cabinet Member in consultation with a designated employee
Cabinet Members and responsibilities
Councillor Ian Brookfield - The Leader of the Council

Principal responsibilities

  • Council Plan 
  • Relight our City
  • City Partnerships 
  • West Midlands Combined Authority 
  • International, national, regional and sub-regional Leadership
  • External relations, Public Relations and Reputation Management 
  • New Communities and migration
  • Our Money including Medium term financial planning
    • capital strategy (incl. schools)
    • budget development process
    • treasury management strategy 
  • Council tax and business rates 
  • Housing benefits and council tax benefits
  • Procurement and Commercialisation
  • Audit and Corporate risk

Contact details

If you wish to contact Councillor Brookfield, please use the details below:

Councillor Steve Simkins - Deputy Leader: Inclusive City Economy

Principal responsibilities

  • Relight our City: Grow our vital local businesses
  • City Planning, incl. policy, development control, building control
  • Supporting City businesses
  • Stimulating Inward investment
  • Cultural and Creative economy incl. arts, tourism and culture
  • Economic growth and inclusion partnerships
  • City Marketing 
  • Community wealth building / Wolverhampton Pound

Contact details 

If you wish to contact Councillor Simkins, please use the details below: 

    Councillor Paula Brookfield – Cabinet Member for Governance and Equalities

    Principle responsibilities

    • Relight our City: Fair and Inclusive
    • Legal 
    • Democratic Services, Scrutiny & Councillor Support
    • Electoral Registration & Elections
    • Information Governance
    • Mayoralty 
    • Equalities
    • Complaints and feedback
    • Our People Strategy Incl. Organisation Development
    • Health and Safety

    Contact details

    If you wish to contact Councillor Brookfield, please use the details below: 

      Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre - Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work

      Principal responsibilities

      • Relight our City: Create more opportunities for young people
      • Relight our City: Generate more jobs and learning opportunities
      • Early Years 
      • School standards and attainment
      • Strategic School place planning 
      • School admissions 
      • 0-25 Special Educational Needs and Disability
      • Education inclusion incl. behaviour, attendance and elected home education
      • School governance
      • Home to school transport
      • Post 16 School Education provision
      • Adult Education
      • Higher and further education (incl.  Wolverhampton College and universities)
      • Skills and employability
      • Commercial services to schools 
      • Health and wellbeing for schools

      Contact details 

      If you wish to contact Councillor Hardacre, please use the details below:

      Councillor Beverley Momenabadi - Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

      Principal responsibilities

      • Relight our City: Create more opportunities for young people
      • Relight our City: Support people who need us most 
      • Children’s safeguarding incl. prevention of exploitation
      • Children in need and in need of protection  
      • Children and young people in care and care leavers
      • Corporate parenting
      • Early intervention, prevention and specialist services 
      • Children’s Transformation work (incl. specific funded programmes)
      • Youth Offending
      • Children and young people partnership working 
      • Children and young people’s health incl. disabilities and emotional health and wellbeing
      • Children’s Services commissioning 
      • Children and Young People’s participation and engagement

      Contact details 

      If you wish to contact Councillor Momenabadi, please use the details below:

      Councillor Linda Leach - Cabinet Member for Adults

      Principal responsibilities

      • Relight our City: Support people who need us most 
      • Social care for older people, disabilities and mental health
      • Adult safeguarding
      • Carer support
      • Welfare rights
      • Wolverhampton Information Network
      • Better Care Fund and health integration
      • Quality and Care provision monitoring
      • Adult care commissioning
      • Adult user engagement
      • Financial Assessments

      Contact details 

      If you wish to contact Councillor Leach, please use the details below:

      Councillor Jasbir Jaspal - Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing

      Principal responsibilities

      • Relight our City: Support people who need us most 
      • Preventing Ill Health and reducing Health Inequalities 
      • Starting and developing well     
      • Healthy Life Expectancy
      • Healthy Ageing
      • Community safety & community cohesion
      • Emergency Planning, Resilience and business continuity
      • NHS Partnerships 
      • Voluntary sector liaison      
      • Community Engagement 
      • Public Health Commissioning
      • Libraries and Community Hubs

      Contact details 

      If you wish to contact Councillor Jaspal, please use the details below:

      Councillor Bhupinder Gakhal - Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing

      Principal responsibilities

      • Relight our City: Stimulate vibrant high streets and communities
      • City Housing Strategy and Housing Policies  
      • City Prevention of Homelessness Strategy 
      • City Housing Needs & Affordable Housing incl. Temporary Accommodation 
      • City Private Housing Services Incl. Enforcement and Civil Penalties 
      • Safer Homes incl. National Residential Building Safety Programme 
      • City Residential Landlord Services – Wolverhampton Homes Arms Length Management Company 
      • City Residential Landlord Services – Tenant Management Organisations Right to Manage Tenant Organisations and Cooperatives
      • City Housing Company – WV Living Ltd 
      • City Housing Development Strategy
      • Our Assets Programme Incl. City Strategic Asset Plan (incl. Education Assets)
      • City Asset Management Plan (incl. Education Assets)

      Contact details

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      Councillor Steve Evans - Cabinet Member for City Environment and Climate Change

      Principal responsibilities

      • Relight our City: Stimulate vibrant high streets and communities
      • Relight our City: Climate focused
      • Strategic Transportation 
      • Operational Transportation incl. highways management and maintenance
      • Waste & Recycling Services 
      • Street cleansing
      • Grounds maintenance, parks operations, country parks operations
      • Markets
      • Public protection and consumer protection
      • Licensing 
      • Parking Services
      • Bereavement and Registrars
      • Coroner
      • Fleet management
      • Sustainability 
      • WV Active
      • Customer Services 
      • City Events Programme 
      • Climate Change

      Contact details 

      If you wish to contact Councillor Evans, please use the details below:

      Councillor Obaida Ahmed - Cabinet Member for Digital City

      Principle responsibilities

      • Relight our City: Driven by Digital
      • Our Digital including the council’s digital and IT service 
      • Our Data including. Insight and Performance
      • Digital infrastructure and connectivity 
      • Digital Inclusion including digital skills 
      • Digital innovation 
      • Digital Projects 

      Contact details

      If you wish to contact Councillor Ahmed, please use the details below:

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