Borough council's constitution
About the constitution
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 Constitution is divided as follows:
Part 1 - An overview of our constitution and broadly explains how we operate and decisions are made.
Part 2 - There are 14 articles set out in our constitution, which are the basic rules of how we do business.
Part 3 - This part of the constitution explains how we share different responsibilities between the committees and staff of our organisation.
Section 2 - Scheme of Delegation
|Responsibility for Council Functions
Responsibility for Local Choice Functions
Responsibility for Council Functions - Committees
Responsibility for Executive Functions
Leader and Cabinet Member Responsibilities
Section 3 - Scheme of Delegation to Officers
|Part 1 – The overall Scheme of Delegation to Officers
Part 2 - Delegation Structure
Part 3 – Specific Delegations to Officers
Part 4 - Proper Officer Appointments
Part 4 - This part of the constitution sets out the rules and procedures that govern how we operate:
|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
Part 5 - Contains council's codes and protocols for members and officers
|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