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Part 1 - Introduction and Summary

The purpose of the Constitution is to set out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures that are followed to ensure that decisions are taken efficiently and transparently, and that those who make the decisions are accountable to local people. Some of these procedures are legal requirements while others are how the Council has chosen to conduct its business.

Part 1

Summary pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution

The Articles of the Constitution describe the basic rules governing the Council’s business.

Part 2

Articles of the Constitution pdf icon PDF 161 KB

Part 3 - Roles and Responsibilities

This part of the Constitution describes how functions and responsibilities are allocated between the Full Council and Policy Committees.

Part 3.1

Full Council Functions pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Part 3.2

Terms of Reference and Functions of Committees pdf icon PDF 221 KB

Part 3.26

Roles and Responsibilities of Councillors pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Part 3.4

Delegations to Officers pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Part 3.5

Terms of Reference of Area Committees pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Part 4 - Rules of Procedure

The various rules of procedure that govern how the Council makes decisions.

Part 4.1

Council Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 144 KB

Part 4.2

Access to Information Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Part 4.3

Policy and Budget Framework Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Part 4.4

Officer Employment Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Part 4.5

Committee Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 158 KB

Part 4.6

Licensing Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Part 4.7

Financial Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 203 KB

Part 4.8

Procurement Rules pdf icon PDF 263 KB

Part 4.9

Member Forum Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Part 4.10

Petition Scheme pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Part 5 - Codes of Conduct and Protocols

Part 5 incorporates a number of codes and protocols, including the Member Code of Conduct.

Part 5.1

Member Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 217 KB

Part 5.2

Code of Conduct for Employees pdf icon PDF 476 KB

Part 5.3

Member Officer Protocol pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Part 5.4

Code of Conduct for Member and Officers : Planning Matters pdf icon PDF 143 KB

Additional documents:

Part 5.5

Code of Conduct for Members : Licensing Committee Hearings pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Part 5.6

Code of Conduct for Members : Public Safety and Protection Committee Hearings pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Part 5.7

Lord Mayor's Protocol pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Part 6 - Members' Scheme of Allowances

Part 6 outlines the Member’s Scheme of Allowances and associated policies.

Part 6

Members' Scheme of Allowances pdf icon PDF 197 KB