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Our Council

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972.

Mendip District Council consists of 47 Councillors in 34 Wards.  Local Councillors decide how the Council should carry out its various activities.  They represent the public interest as well as individuals living within the Ward (or area) they represent. 

The 47 Councillors are divided into the following political groups:

Political PartyNumber of Elected Councillors
Liberal Democrat10
Green Party3
Full Council

All 47 Councillors meet together as the Council at Full Council, Councillors decide the Council's overall policies and set the budget each year.  The Council appoints and holds to account the Cabinet and other Boards and Panels, and holds debates and public question times.  An Annual Council meeting takes place in May each year.  


The Cabinet is the part of the Council that is responsible for most of the Policy decisions that influence the day-to-day operations.  The Cabinet is made up of up to 10 Councillors.  When significant decisions are to be discussed or made, these are published in the Forward Plan in so far as they can be anticipated.

Scrutiny Board

The Scrutiny Board consists of 9 Councillors and supports the work of the Cabinet and enables citizens to have a greater say in Council matters by holding public meetings into matters of local concern.  The purpose of the Scrutiny Board is to report and make recommendations which advise the Cabinet and the Council as a whole on its policies, budget and service delivery. The Scrutiny Board has an important role in monitoring the decisions of the Council.

Corporate Management Team Structure

Please see Council Structure 

Last modified: 21 February 2017