The Constitution - Wednesday, 30th August, 2023

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Part 1 Summary and Explanation pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Summary and Explanation

The Council’s Constitution


Part 2 Articles of the Constitution pdf icon PDF 372 KB

Article 1 The Constitution

Article 2 Councillors

Article 3 Residents and The Council

 Article 4 The Council

Article 5 Chairing The Council

Article 6 Overview and Scrutiny Committees

Article 7 The Cabinet

Article 8 Planning and other Committees

Article 9 Panels and Forums

Article 10 The Audit and Member Standards Committee

Article 11 Joint Arrangements

Article 12 Officers

Article 13 Decision Making

Article 14 Finance, Contracts and Legal Matters

Article 15 Review and Revision of the Constitution

Article 16 Suspension, Interpretation and Publication of the Constitution

Schedule 1 – Description of Cabinet Arrangements                                                 



Part 3 - Responsibility For Functions pdf icon PDF 199 KB


Part 4 Rules of Procedure pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Standing Orders for Meetings

Access to Information Procedure Rules

Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules

Cabinet Procedure Rules

Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules

Financial Procedure Rules

Contract Procedure Rules

Employment Procedure Rules

Recommended Periods for the Retention of Documents

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Part 5 Codes and Protocols pdf icon PDF 563 KB

Members’ Code of Conduct

Officers’ Code of Conduct

Protocol on Member/Officer Relations

Outside Bodies Appointments

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Part 6 Members Allowance Scheme pdf icon PDF 45 KB


Part 7 Governance Structure pdf icon PDF 331 KB