Constitution

The council's constitution sets out how the council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed 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 us to choose.

Download and view the council's constitution 

PART 1 SUMMARY AND EXPLANATION

  • 1A: Summary and Explanation

PART 2 ARTICLES

  • 2A: Articles1-6

PART 3 ALLOCATION OF RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 3A:Matters Reserved to the Council and Terms of Reference and delegation of duties to Committees & Sub-Committees of the Council
  • 3A-1: Addendum to the Terms of Reference – Functions not to be the responsibility of the Executive
  • 3B: Terms of Reference and Delegation of Duties to the Cabinet, Portfolio Holders Advisory Panels and Consultative Forums
  • 3C: Officer Delegations

PART 4 RULES OF PROCEDURE (STANDING ORDERS)

  • 4A: Council Procedure Rules
  • 4B: Committee Procedure Rules
  • 4C: Executive Procedure Rules
  • 4D: Budgetary and Policy Framework
  • 4E: Access to Information Procedure Rules
  • 4F: Contract Management procedures
  • 4G: Finance Procedures and Regulations
  • 4G –1: Addendum to Financial Procedures - Financial Schedule
  • 4H: Members Complaints Procedures

PART 5 CODES AND PROTOCOLS

  • 5A: Members Code of Conduct
  • 5B: Gifts and Hospitality Protocol
  • 5C: Protocol on Councillor - Officer Relations

PART 6 MEMBERS ALLOWANCES SCHEME

  • 6A: Special Responsibility Allowances

For decisions made before 4 May 2021, this PDF version of the Constitution was in force.

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