How the Council works

Information about how the council works including how we make decisions, our performance, how the Council is organised, the mayor and civic events, roles in the Council, Consultations, Petitions, and the Constitution.

About the Council

  • Our performance

    How the Council performs - benchmarking and business planning, monitoring and managing

  • Making decisions

    Information on how the Council makes decisions. Most decisions are made by the Cabinet and its members. Committees will also make decisions.

  • Key decisions

    Key decision tracking and the Forward Plan Key decisions are those executive-side matters not already delegated to officers which:

  • How the Council manages money

    Includes Council Tax, budgets, council spending and finances, plus Open Data and Transparency information.

  • The Constitution

    The Council's Constitution sets out how the Council operates. You can download individual articles and sections of the Constitution.

  • Planning Policy Consultation Policy

    View our current consultations

Roles and responsibilities

  • Our Mayor

    Each year the Council elects a councillor to serve as Mayor for twelve months. The Mayor does not take any active political part in the Council's affairs but does chair meetings of the Council.

  • Our Council Leader

    Councillor Elizabeth Campbell is the Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

  • Leadership Team

    Information on the new leadership team and areas of responsibility.

  • Councillors

    Information on our councillors, expenses, finding your councillor and more

  • Councillors and committees

    Information about Councillors and Committee agendas, reports and papers, including meeting dates and calendars.

Consultations and petitions

  • Current Consultation

    Planning Policy Consultations

  • Involving People in Planning (IPIP)

    Information about how people can engage with the planning system, including through planning applications, planning policy and neighbourhood plans.

  • Petitions

    Petitions have long been an important way for people to voice their concerns and seek to influence decisions and the Council welcomes all submissions both traditional paper form and now, in our new e-petitions facility, electronically.

  • Vital Messages consultation database

    Vital Messages is the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's consultations database. You can find out what public consultation the Council is currently undertaking or has planned, plus details on how you could get involved. You can also find completed consultations, including their results and outcomes.

  • The Residents' Panel

    Information about the Residents' Panel for local people to have their say about Council services and life in the borough.

  • Resident reviewers

    Resident reviewers are volunteers who have agreed to assist the Council in mystery shopping exercises This means that they test Council services, usually by visiting or telephoning the Council and asking for help with a…

Mayoral Services

  • The Mayor's biography

    Information on the Mayor for 2017-18, Councillor Marie-Therese Rossi including her Mayoral charity, the Chelsea Community Hospital School.

  • The role of Mayor

    Information about the role of the Mayor who serves as the Royal Borough's ceremonial and civic head.

  • Mayor's Awards

    How to nominate someone for the Mayor's Awards plus last year's winners.

  • Past Mayors

    Information on previous mayors of the Royal Borough since 1965.

  • Coat of Arms

    Information on the Council's coat of arms. ‘Quam Bonum In Unum Habitare’ translates to ‘What a good thing it is to dwell together in unity’.

  • Deputy Mayor

    Information on the Deputy Mayor for 2017-18, Councillor Beinazir Lasharie.