The Council and democracy Our Constitution

The City Council's constitution describes the four basic elements through which the council operates: the Council, the Executive, Overview and Scrutiny, and the Committees.

The constitution sets out:

  • the rules and procedures to be followed by the Council and committees when conducting their business
  • the decision making powers of the Executive and of Committees
  • the financial and contract regulations
  • the scheme of delegation to chief officers
  • details about key roles, including Head of Paid Service (our Chief Executive), Monitoring Officer (our City Solicitor) and Chief Finance Officer (our Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer)
  • the rights of the public to inspect reports and background documents
  • codes of conduct for councillors and employees
  • members' interests and members' allowances.

The Constitution is made up of seven parts:

  • Summary and Explanation
  • Articles of the Constitution
  • Responsibility Functions
  • Rules of Procedure
  • Financial Procedures
  • Codes and Protocol
  • Members' Allowances

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