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Council, Cabinet and Committees

Information on the Council, Cabinet and Committees includes:

  • membership
  • dates of meetings
  • agendas
  • reports
  • minutes

Current Committees

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is responsible for the promotion of best practice in the areas of risk management, financial procedures, internal controls, development of continuous improvement and review of External Audit issues. It comprises 6 Councillors and an Independent Chair. There is also an independent non-voting person who, at the invitation of the Chair, can comment on all aspects of the Committee's business in order to assist its deliberations.


The Council's Cabinet, made up of 5 Elected Members is the principal decision-making committee of the Council. Cabinet membership also includes 3 Religious Representatives who are appointed, under statute, to be included in all matters relating to education. Currently 2 of the 3 Religious Representative positions are filled by - Mrs E. Morton (Church of Scotland); Mr V. Bourne (Catholic Church)

General Purposes Committee

The General Purposes Committee is responsible for dealing with Civic Government licences and permits, the administration of Trusts and charitable funds and Twinning.

Local Review Body

The Local Review Body is responsible for reviewing decisions made by an appointed planning officer on planning applications.

Midlothian Council

The Council comprises all 18 Midlothian Elected Members, with a Provost and Depute Provost elected from their number.

Midlothian Licensing Board

The Licensing Board comprises 10 elected Members appointed to serve on the Board by the Council. The Licensing Board deals with applications relating to licences for alcohol and gambling.

Performance, Review and Scrutiny Committee

The Performance Review and Scrutiny Committee is responsible for reviewing performance against policy objectives and commenting on decisions and policies and their impact.

Petitions Committee

The Petitions Committee will consider any competent petition submitted to the Council

Planning Committee

The Planning Committee is responsible for deciding on planning applications, stopping up orders, tree preservation orders and other related issues.

Police and Fire and Rescue Board

Midlothian Council has an overall strategic role and legislative requirement in agreeing Midlothian Police and Fire and Rescue plans.

Standards Committee

The Standards Committee is responsible for dealing with matters relating to conduct and ethical standards.