Highland Council

Tasks and responsibilities

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The powers reserved to the Highland Council (HC) are to:-

  • define the Council’s Goals and Values and main objectives and decide on its priorities
  • allocate resources between the functions and activities of the Council to reflect its priorities
  • approve the annual Revenue and Capital budgets, and to set the Council Tax, HRA rent and other Housing charges
  • approve the Council’s Corporate Plan and the Council’s approach to community planning, including its contribution to the Single Outcome Agreement
  • approve the Local Police Plan and Local Fire and Rescue Plan and ensure their alignment with the Single Outcome Agreement (from the recommendations of the Education, Children and Adult Services Committee and the Community Safety, Public Engagement and Equalities Committee)
  • make policies or substantially extend or modify any policies not otherwise delegated to Committee
  • make Schemes to regulate the work and performance of the Committees and Sub Committees
  • evaluate, co-ordinate and review the work and performance of all Committees
  • elect the Convener, Leader of the Council, Depute Leader of the Council and both Vice Conveners
  • fix the constitution, membership, functions and powers of the Council’s Committees, to amend them from time to time, to appoint the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Committees and to confirm the appointment of the Leader of the Opposition following nomination by the largest political group in opposition to the Administration

Further details of the terms of reference and the powers and duties delegated to the Committee are set out in the Council's Scheme of Delegation.

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