Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution
Below are the articles of the Constitution.
- Article 1 - The Constitution
- Article 2 - Members of the County Council
- Article 3 - The public and the County Council
- Article 4 – The Full Council
- Article 5 – Chair of the Council
- Article 6 – The Cabinet
- Article 7 – Decision making
- Article 8 - Scrutiny of decisions
- Article 9 – Audit and Governance Committee
- Article 10 - Regulatory and other Committees
- Article 11 - Area committees
- Article 12 - Joint arrangements
- Article 13 - Officers
- Article 14 - Finance, contracts and legal matters
- Article 15 - Review and revision of the Constitution
- Article 16 - Suspension, interpretation and publication of the Constitution
1.01 Powers of the Council
The Council will exercise all its powers and duties in accordance with the law and the Constitution.
1.02 The Constitution
The Constitution, including any schedules, appendices and annexes referred to in the Constitution, is the Constitution of Gloucestershire County Council.
1.03 The purpose of the Constitution
The purpose of the Constitution is to:
1.03.1 Enable the Council to provide clear leadership to the community in partnership with citizens, businesses and other organisations;
1.03.2 Support the active involvement of citizens in the process of Local Authority decision-making;
1.03.3 Help County Councillors represent their constituents more effectively;
1.03.4 Enable decisions to be taken effectively and efficiently;
1.03.5 Create a powerful and effective means of holding decision makers to public account;
1.03.6 Ensure that, in a Scrutiny Committee, no one will review or scrutinise a decision in which they were directly involved;
1.03.7 Ensure that those responsible for decision making are clearly identifiable to local people and that they explain the reasons for decisions;
1.03.8 Provide a means of improving the delivery of services to the community.
1.04 Interpretation of the Constitution
Where the Constitution permits the Council to choose between different courses of action, the Council will always choose that option, which it thinks is closest to the purposes stated in Article 1.03.