Constitution of the Council


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The Constitution was approved by the County Council in June 2001. It sets out the political decision making arrangements operated by the Council, and explains the responsibilities of the Council, our members and staff.

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Decision Making Arrangements

Part 1 – Summary and Explanation

Part 2 – Articles of the Constitution

Part 3 – Responsibility for Functions

Part 4 – Rules of Procedure

  1. Council Procedure Rules
  2. Access to Information Procedure Rules
  3. Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules
  4. Cabinet Procedure Rules
  5. Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules
  6. Public Speaking at Meetings of the Planning Committee
  7. Financial Procedure Rules
  8. Procurement Standing Orders
  9. Officer Employment Procedure Rules

Part 5 – Codes and Protocols

  1. Members’ Code of Conduct
  2. Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy for Employees
  3. Code on Member/Employee Relationships
  4. Protocol on Decision Making
  5. Advice to Members Serving on Outside Bodies

Part 6 – Members’ Allowances Scheme

Whole Constitution

The whole constitution can also be downloaded.