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1. Cabinet

The Cabinet is made up of a Leader, a Deputy Leader and up to 9 councillors appointed by the Leader.

The Cabinet is responsible for strategic decisions and recommends proposals for approval by full Council on the budget, Council Tax levels and the Council’s policy framework.

The Cabinet can form committees, working groups and panels. For example, a sub committee of the Cabinet has been formed to take decisions about Trust Land within the Borough.

The Cabinet meets monthly. For minutes and agendas Browse meetings.

What does the Cabinet do?

The Leader of the Council may determine to exercise any of the executive functions of the Council personally, or may arrange for the exercise of any of the Council’s executive functions by:

  • The Cabinet
  • By a Committee of the Cabinet
  • By an officer of the Council in consultation with a Member of the Cabinet.

Powers of the Cabinet

  • Implement agreed policies
  • Give political leadership
  • Make key decisions
  • Proposes policy framework
  • Proposes the budget
  • Makes recommendations to Council

Cabinet members

Following the Local Elections on 6th May, Cabinet membership is under review.

Cabinet Portfolios 2021/22


Economic and Social Reform


Cabinet Member: Cllr Arooj Shah, Leader of the Council

City Region

Economic Recovery

Community Wealth Building

Reducing inequalities

Tackling Poverty


Community and Business Engagement


External Relationships and Partnerships

Community Cohesion

Borough Strategy



Education and Skills


Cabinet Member: Cllr Shaid Mushtaq

Covid recovery for education and skills

Education and Skills

Education Alliance

School Place Planning

Looked After Children – educational performance

Work and Skills Strategy

Lifelong Learning


Libraries, Heritage and Arts (cultural strategy)

Deputy Cabinet Member: Cllr Mohon Ali






Cabinet Member: Cllr Amanda Chadderton

Covid recovery for neighbourhoods


Trading Standards and Licensing

Registrars and Cemeteries

Environmental Services

Waste and recycling

Parks and Countryside

Justice and Community Safety

Emergency Planning

District Working

Deputy Cabinet Member: Cllr Steve Williams







Finance and Low Carbon


Cabinet Member: Cllr Abdul Jabbar

Covid recovery for finance and low carbon


Capital projects and investments

ICT and transactional services

Revenues and benefits


Green New Deal

Unity Partnership

Corporate Property and Assets

Clean Air

Deputy Cabinet: Cllr George Hulme




Children and Young People


Cabinet Member: Cllr Eddie Moores

Covid recovery for children and young people

Child safeguarding

Children’s Partnership

Adoption and fostering

Children Looked After

Children’s health and wellbeing

Youth Service

Early Years

Early Help

Deputy Cabinet Member: Cllr Valerie Leach




Health and Social Care


Cabinet Member: Cllr Zahid Chauhan

Covid recovery for health and wellbeing

Adult Social Services

Adult safeguarding

Provider services

Disability services and adaptations

Family support

Integrated Care System development

Health Improvement

Mental Health and wellbeing


Leisure (incl. OCL)

Sports and Sport Development

Deputy Cabinet Member: Cllr Ros Birch







Corporate Services


Cabinet Member: Cllr Jean Stretton

Covid recovery for corporate services

Workforce and Organisational Development



Customer Services


Legal Services

Deputy Cabinet Member: Cllr Chris Goodwin







Cabinet Member: Cllr Hannah Roberts

Covid recovery for Housing

Strategic Housing

Housing quality and enforcement

Planning and building control


Landlord Licensing



Employment and Enterprise


Cabinet Member: Cllr Shoab Akhtar



Covid recovery for Employment and Business


Get Oldham Working


Business Support


Supporting VCSFE sector

Social Infrastructure

Deputy Cabinet Member: Cllr Clint Phythian