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 1: Introduction
Part 2: Responsibility for functions
Part 3: Rules governing how the Council operates
Part 3-1: Council Procedure Rules
Part 3-2: Cabinet Procedure Rules
Part 3-3: Committee Procedure Rules
Part 3-4: Scrutiny Procedure Rules
Part 3-5: Remote Meetings Procedure Rules
Part 3-6: Finance and Contract Procedure Rules
Part 4: Codes and Protocols
Part 4-1: Access to Information Protocol
Part 4-2: Officer Employment Procedure Rules
Part 4-3: Officer Code of Conduct
Part 4-4: Officer/Member Relations Protocol
Part 4-5: Member Planning Protocol
Part 4-6: Member Code of Conduct
Part 4-7: Members Allowance Scheme
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.
If you have any comments or suggested improvements to the Constitution or the guidance notes, please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.