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

  • Our City: Our Plan
  • City Partnerships 
  • West Midlands Combined Authority 
  • International, national, regional and sub-regional Leadership
  • External relations, Public Relations and Reputation Management 
  • New Communities and migration
  • Wolverhampton Pound  
  • Visitor Experience (Culture and Events)

Contact details

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

Councillor Steve Simkins - Deputy Leader: Inclusive City Economy

Principal responsibilities

  • Our City: Our Plan – thriving economy in all parts of the city  
  • Strategic Planning, incl. Local Plan policy, 
  • Supporting City businesses 
  • Stimulating Inward investment 
  • Economic growth and inclusion partnerships 
  • City Marketing  

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

    • Our City: Our Plan - Fair and Inclusive priority including equalities  
    • Legal  
    • Democratic Services and Scrutiny  
    • Electoral Registration and Elections 
    • Information Governance 
    • Civic Support (Mayoral and Councillor Support) and Councillor Enquiries 
    • Complaints and Feedback 
    • Our People Strategy Incl. HR and Organisation Development 
    • Health and Safety 

    Contact details

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

      Councillor Chris Burden - Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work

      Principal responsibilities

      • Our City: Our Plan – more local people into good jobs and training  
      • Our City: Our Plan – strong families where children grow up well and achieve their full potential  
      • 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 
      • Commercial services to schools  
      • Health and wellbeing for schools   
      • Post 16 School Education provision 
      • Adult Education 
      • Further and higher education (incl.  Wolverhampton College, training providers and universities) 
      • Skills and employability including Careers advice, Wolves@work, Impact and Workbox

      Contact details 

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

      Councillor Beverley Momenabadi - Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

      Principal responsibilities

      • Our City: Our Plan – strong families where children grow up well and achieve their full potential  
      • Our City: Our Plan – fulfilled lives for all with quality care for those that need it 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 and national reform) 
      • 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

      • Our City: Our Plan – fulfilled lives for all with quality care for those that need it  
      • Health and Care integration through the integrated care system, place based partnership and integrated care partnership 
      • Health and Care reform including the fair cost of care and social care cap government reforms. 
      • Adult Services Transformation work 
      • Operational Social care provision for adults, older people,  learning and physical disabilities, complex needs and mental health including:- 
      • Adult Safeguarding (MASH 24) 
      • AMHP Hub 
      • Carer support (paid and unpaid) 
      • Welfare rights 
      • Information, advice and guidance (including Wolverhampton Information Network) 
      • Better Care Fund  
      • Adult care commissioning and market sustainability  
      • Quality assurance and monitoring 
      • Adult user engagement 
      • Financial Assessments  
      • CQC inspection framework 

      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

      • Our City: Our Plan – healthy, inclusive communities 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 and Community Sector Partnerships  
      • 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

      • Our City: Our Plan – good homes in well-connected neighbourhoods  
      • Our City Our Plan – Our Assets – ensuring the city has a fit for purpose asset portfolio to meet current and future needs  
      • Delivery and implementation of the Strategic Asset Plan 
      • 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 Arm’s 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

      Contact details

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

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

      Principal responsibilities

      • Our City: Our Plan – healthy inclusive communities  
      • Our City: Our Plan – good homes in well-connected neighbourhoods 
      • Our City: Our Plan – climate conscious  
      • Strategic Transportation  
      • Operational Transportation incl. highways management and maintenance 
      • Waste and 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 
      • Passenger Transport 
      • Sustainability  
      • Climate Change (Chair of Climate Change Advisory Group) 

      Contact details 

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

      Councillor Obaida Ahmed - Cabinet Member for Resources and Digital City

      Principle responsibilities

      • 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 
      • Customer Services  
      • Our City: Our Plan - Driven by Digital 
      • Our Digital including the council’s digital and IT service  
      • Our Data including data and analytics  
      • 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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