How the Council operates is defined in a document called the Constitution, which is the Council’s ‘rule book’. All local authorities are required to have a Constitution in place as defined in section 37 of the Local Government Act 2000.
The Constitution is split into six parts which cover the key Council functions and how it is governed:
- Part 1 – Summary and Explanation
- Part 2 – Sections of the Constitution
- Part 3 – Responsibility for Functions
- Part 4 – Rules of Procedure
- Part 5 – Codes and Protocols
- Part 6 – Members’ Allowances Scheme
Primarily it sets out who has responsibility for carrying out functions as defined in numerous pieces of legislation. The full Council, Cabinet, and Committees enact most major functions, however on a day-to-day basis; functions are delegated to Officers (normally officers of the Leadership Team).
It also details the terms of reference and procedures rules for full Council, Cabinet and Committees, as well as the Council’s finance and contract procedures, codes and protocols for Officers and Members and the Members’ Allowances Scheme.
The Council’s Monitoring Officer has responsibility for maintaining the Constitution to ensure that is up to date and can be easily accessed by members, officers and the general public.
A revised Constitution was adopted by Council on 12 August, 2015 (Part 1 and Sections 1 to 31 - effective from 1 September, 2015). Part 6 (Section 41) was revised effective from 1 April, 2017, and Part 4 (Section 33) was revised effective from 25 May, 2016. Sections 32 and 34-39 will be reviewed in due course.
Each individual section of the Constitution can be viewed below.
Last Updated: 26/04/2017