Barton House evacuation: information for residents.

Find out what the constitution is and what it does.

We have a constitution which sets out:

  • how the council operates
  • how decisions are made
  • the procedures which are followed to make sure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable.

Some of these processes are needed by the law, while others have been decided by the council.

The constitution is in nine parts.

Summary and explanation

pdf Part 1 Summary and explanation  (61 KB)

Articles of the constitution

pdf Part 2 Articles of the constitution (322 KB)

Responsibility for functions

pdf Part 3 Responsibility for functions (660 KB)

Council procedure rules

These procedure rules govern the way the council operates:

Part 5 Codes and protocols. These are the codes of conduct for councillors, council employees and members' relations that govern local government activity, this includes bribery and corruption guidance:

Members' allowances scheme 2023

Council's management structure

Part 7 Council's management structure

Members contact details

Part 8 Members contact details. Names and contact details for our councillors

Forward plan

Part 9 Mayor's Forward plan. Key decisions to be taken by the council in the next four months.

Officer Schemes of Delegation

Schemes of Delegation explain who can take which decisions on behalf of the council. 

All decision-making power ultimately rests either with the Mayor executive powers, or with Full Council non-executive powers.

In the Constitution the Mayor and Full Council delegate many of their powers to others, including to the Chief Executive, the Strategic Directors, and a few other statutory and proper officers such as the Service Directors for Finance and Legal.

These individuals then delegate many of their powers to other Officers. They do this in the Officer Schemes of Delegation. There's an Officer Scheme of Delegation for each Directorate, and for Finance and HR: