The Constitution is currently being updated, please email democratic services for information.
The council has agreed a constitution which sets out how we operate, how decisions are made and the procedures we follow to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.
Some of these processes are required by the law, while others are a matter for the council to choose.
The Constitution is divided into 14 articles (or sections) which set out the basic rules governing the council's business.
More detailed procedures and codes of practice are provided in separate rules and protocols at the end of the document.
The Full Constitution document is in the process of being updated.
The Constitution is divided as follows:
|Responsibility for Council Functions
|Responsibility for Local Choice Functions
|Responsibility for Council Functions - Committees
|Responsibility for Executive Functions
|Leader and Cabinet Member Responsibilities
|Part 1 – The overall Scheme of Delegation to Officers
|Part 2 - Delegation Structure
|Part 3 – Specific Delegations to Officers
|Part 4 - Proper Officer Appointments
|Virtual Meeting Procedure Rules
|Council Procedure Rules
|Committee Procedure Rules
|Cabinet Procedure Rules
|Public Participation at Meetings
|Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules
|Access to information Procedure Rules
|Members’ Rights of Access to Information Procedure Rules
|Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules
|Urgency Procedure Rules
|Officer Employment Procedure Rules
|Disposal Procedure for Land and Property
|Standing Orders – Disposal of Land
|Contract Standing Orders
|Code of Conduct for Councillors
|Arrangements for dealing with complaints against councillors
|Probity in Planning - Code of Practice for Councillors and Officers
|Working together for local people: Protocol for Councillor and Officer Relations
|Chief Finance Officer (Section 151 Officer) Protocol
|Chief Internal Auditor Protocol
|Overview and Scrutiny and Cabinet Protocol
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