The Council is a democratic organisation, our Constitution explains how decisions are made in an open and democratic way, with scrutiny and accountability, and public involvement.
Our Constitution is guided by six key principles:
The Constitution sets out how the Council operates and the rules and procedures followed to ensure that the Council is efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.
The Constitution incorporates best practice improvements, feedback following consultation with members, residents and key stakeholders and the requirements of the Local Government Act 2000.
The Constitution is also broken down into its individual parts:
- Part 3: Rules governing how the Council operates (PDF, 1MB)
- Part 4: Codes and Protocols (PDF, 669KB)
- 1: Access to Information Protocol (PDF, 195KB)
- 2: Officer Employment Procedure Rules (PDF, 158KB)
- 3: Officer Code of Conduct (PDF, 193KB)
- 4: Officer/Member Relations Protocol (PDF, 158KB)
- 5: Member Planning Protocol (PDF, 175KB)
- 6: Member Code of Conduct (PDF, 333KB)
- 7: Members Allowance Scheme (PDF, 179KB)
A summary of the key changes approved by full Council is available:
There are a number of guidance notes to help residents access the Constitution and make it clear how everyone in the borough can get involved in decision making.
- How to engage in decision making (PDF, 69KB)
- How decisions are made (PDF, 106KB)
- Locality working (PDF, 49KB)
- Petitions (PDF, 76KB)
If you have any comments or suggested improvements to the Constitution or the guidance notes, please contact us: