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The Constitution


The Constitution determines how the Council operates, how decisions are made and procedures to be adhered to in order to be efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.

The constitution is divided into eight sections which set out the basic rules governing the council's business. More detailed procedures and codes of practice are provided in the protocols and Appendices at the end of the relevant sections.

Declarations of Councillors interest can be found in Part 5 appendix A (Members Code of Conduct) of The Constitution.

The Constitution:

Icon for pdf Constitution Part 1 Summary & Explanation [323.74KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Part 2 Articles of the Constitution [358.63KB]  including:

  • The Constitution
  • Members of the Council
  • Citizens and The Council
  • The Full Council
  • Chairing the Council
  • Overview and Scrutiny functions
  • The Executive
  • Regulatory and other Committees
  • The Standards Committee
  • Joint Arrangements
  • Officers
  • Decision Making
  • Finance, Contracts and Legal Matters
  • Review and Revision of the Constitution
  • Suspension, Interpretation and Publication of the Constitution
  • Description of Executive Arrangements

Icon for pdf Constitution Part 3 Responsibility for Functions [650.33KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Part 4 Rules and Procedures [765.4KB]  including:

  • Council Procedure Rules
  • Access to Information Procedure Rules
  • Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules
  • Executive Procedure Rules
  • Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules
  • Contracts Procedure Rules
  • Officer Employment Procedure Rules

Icon for pdf Constitution Part 5 Codes and Protocols [1020.24KB]  including:

  • Members Code of Conduct - Appendix 'A'
  • Protocol Relating to Complaints made to the Standards Board for England - Appendix 'B'
  • Monitoring Officer Protocol - Appendix C
  • Whistle Blowing Protocol - Appendix 'D'
  • Protocol on Member/Officer Relations - Appendix 'E'
  • Officers' Code of Conduct - Appendix 'F'

Icon for pdf Constitution Part 6 Members' Allowances Scheme [350.5KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Part 7 Management Structure [1004.39KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Part 8 Petition Scheme [148.42KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Part 9 Functions Delegated to Joint Committees [105.32KB]

Icon for pdf Schedule of Amendments [200.64KB]