How the Council operates
This is the body elected by the people of Sunderland to represent their interests and to organise the provision of services to meet their needs.
The Council consists of 75 councillors, each elected for a four-year term. There are 25 electoral wards in the City are each ward returns three councillors.
Leader of the Council
Councillor Paul Watson became Leader of the Council in May 2008, after serving as Deputy Leader since May 2006. Previously, he was Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Community Cohesion.
Mayor - general information
The Mayor of Sunderland holds the civic and ceremonial role of first citizen for a full Mayoral year.
The Executive of the Council consists of the Leader of the Council together with the Deputy Leader, the Cabinet Secretary and seven portfolio holders.
Committees are vital to enable the Council to manage the services it provides. Some are required by law, others are set up to allow the Council to function efficiently.
How decisions are made
This page explains how decisions are made and recorded.
City Council political composition
Gives a political breakdown of the Council members.
Details of the policies adopted by the Council setting out its aims and how it plans to achieve them.
The council is required by law and best accounting practices to publish certain financial information about both what it intends to spend each year (its budget) and to publish its accounts, which shows what was actually spent in each year.
The Council's corporate governance framework is aimed at ensuring that it is doing the right things, in the right way, for the right people, in a timely, inclusive, open, honest and accountable manner.
The City Council recognises the importance of partnership with its residents and key agencies in the city to realise its vision for the future of Sunderland.