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How the council works

The council is governed by the Constitution, which sets out rules determining how it functions and makes decisions.

Councillors are responsible for making decisions about local services and budgets, while council staff implement the councillors' agreed policies.


Cambridge is divided into 14 wards, as shown on our ward map. Each ward is represented on the Council by three councillors, who are elected by the local community.

Councillors are elected for a four-year term, with one seat in each ward up for election each year. (Elections to the county council are held every fourth year.)

Decisions by executive councillors are subject to scrutiny by a different group of councillors, who meet in scrutiny committees to check and monitor what the executive does.

Council staff

Staff and services are organised into three main areas:

A Corporate Strategy service is directly responsible to the chief executive.

Some services are run in partnership with Huntingdonshire District Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council. 

This information is also available on our 'About the council' pages.

Council pay structure