A system of cabinet decision making replaced the old committee system on 1 January 2012. It flowed from the Local Government Act 2000, which required council decision making to become more efficient, transparent and accountable.
The Constitution sets out how the council operates, how decisions are made and what procedures are followed to ensure business is carried out in a lawful, clear and accountable way. The operation of the Constitution is monitored and reviewed by the Monitoring Officer to ensure that its aims and principles are given full effect.
The constitution is divided into six parts. Each part is further divided into articles, polices and protocols;
- Part 1 - Summary
- Part 2 - Articles
- Part 3 - Responsibilities
- Part 4 - Rules
- Part 5 - Codes
- Part 6 - Allowances
A substantive review of the Constitution has been undertaken and this was approved by Full Council on 31 July.