Coronavirus: Changes to restrictions

Only meet indoors with people you live with or your support bubble. Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside. Work from home if you can. If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home.

Coronavirus: Information and advice

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

Only councillors may be appointed to Cabinet and portfolios are assigned by the Leader.

Economy and Skills

Lead: Cllr Sean Fielding (Council Leader) | Deputy: Cllr Mohon Ali

  • City region and devolution
  • External relations
  • Policy and performance
  • Communications and media
  • Regeneration and infrastructure
  • Enterprise and business support
  • Corporate property and assets
  • Oldham town centre and markets
  • Get Oldham Working
  • Employability
  • Work and skills strategy
  • Lifelong learning
  • Apprenticeships

COVID-19 Response

Lead: Cllr Arooj Shah Deputy Leader (Statutory) | Deputy: Cllr Cath Ball

  • Community wealth building
  • Unemployment
  • Isolation
  • Community cohesion
  • Community engagement
  • Poverty

Finance and Green

Lead: Cllr Abdul Jabbar (Deputy Leader) | Deputy: Cllr G Hulme

  • Capital projects and investments
  • Finance
  • ICT and transactional services
  • Internal Business Support Unit
  • Revenues and benefits
  • Customer Services (inc. Contact Oldham)
  • Energy
  • Green New Deal
  • Unity Partnership


Lead: Cllr Shaid Mushtaq | Deputy: Cllr Chris Goodwin

  • Education and Skills Commission
  • Education Alliance
  • School place planning
  • Looked after children – educational performance

Neighbourhoods and Culture

Lead: Cllr B Brownridge | Deputy: Cllr A Ur Rehman

  • Highways
  • Trading Standards
  • Registrars and cemeteries
  • Car parking and enforcement
  • Street lighting
  • Environmental services
  • Licensing
  • Libraries, heritage and local studies
  • Culture and arts
  • Transport
  • Waste and recycling
  • Clean air

Children and Young People 

Lead: Cllr E Moores | Deputy: Cllr Valerie Leach

  • GM Children’s Partnership
  • GM Children’s Services Review
  • Adoption and fostering
  • Children in care
  • Child safeguarding
  • Children’s health and wellbeing
  • Youth service
  • Early years

Health and Social Care

Lead: Cllr Zahid Chauhan | Deputy: Cllr Marie Bashforth

  • Adult Social Services
  • Adult Safeguarding
  • Provider Services
  • Disability Services and adaptations
  • Family Support
  • GM Adult Services Review
  • Health Devolution
  • Oldham Locality Plan
  • Health Improvement
  • Mental Health


Lead: Cllr Hannah Roberts

  • Strategic Housing
  • Housing Quality Enforcement
  • Planning and Building Control
  • Homelessness
  • Landlord licensing

HR and Corporate Reform

Lead: Cllr A Chadderton | Deputy: Cllr S Williams

  • First response
  • District working
  • Early help
  • Public service reform
  • HR and organisational development
  • Council workforce and progression
  • Community safety and policing
  • Youth justice
  • Community justice
  • Probation services​​​​​​​