Council's Constitution

We have agreed a new constitution which sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. Some of these processes are required by the law, while others are a matter for the Council to choose.

The constitution is divided into 15 articles which set out the basic rules governing the Council's business. More detailed procedures and codes of practice are provided in separate rules and protocols at the end of the document.

Part 1. Summary and explanation

Part 2. Articles of the constitution

Schedule 1

Part 3. Functions/delegation

Part 4. Rules of procedure

Part 5. Codes and Protocols

Part 6.1. Councillors' & co-opted member's scheme of allowances

Part 6.2. Management Structures

Part 7. Names and addresses of councillors

Part 8. Bilingual composition

Council & Democracy