How the Council works
- Council committee and decision making structure
- Senior staff pay and salaries
- The Council's constitution (You are here)
- Public questions at council, cabinet and committee meetings
The Council's constitution
The Council’s constitution is currently being reviewed. This is to take account of the impact of Government intervention and the appointment of Commissioners.
In delivering services and performing their duties, all councils work within a wider legal context. This says how they should operate and includes the Human Rights Act, local government acts and rules on standards and probity.
A council's constitution is a local expression of the way in which it will operate within this wider framework.
The law requires some of these processes, while others are a matter for the Council to choose.
The Council's constitution sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed. This is to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.