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
16.01 Suspension of the Constitution
16.01.1 Limit to suspension
The Articles of this Constitution may not be suspended. The Council’s Procedural Standing Orders may be suspended by the full Council to the extent permitted within those Standing Orders and the law.
16.02.2 Procedure to suspend
A motion to suspend any Standing Orders will not be moved without notice unless at least one-half of the full Council is present. The extent and duration of suspension will be proportionate to the result to be achieved, taking account of the purposes of the Constitution set out in Article 1 and will only be for so long as is necessary to transact the particular item of business necessitating the suspension.
16.02.1 The ruling of the Chair of the Council as to the meaning or application of this Constitution, or as to any proceedings of the full Council, shall not be challenged at any meeting of the full Council. Such ruling will have regard to the purposes of the Constitution contained in Article 1;
16.02.2 Subject to the preceding paragraph of this Article, Procedural Standing Order 24 and Cabinet Procedure Rule 8.4, the Monitoring Officer shall decide any questions about the meaning or application of this Constitution. Such interpretation will have regard to the purposes of the Constitution contained in Article 1.
16.03.1 The Monitoring Officer will make available an electronic copy of the Constitution on the Council’s web site for the benefit of County Councillors, Council Officers and members of the public. The electronic copy can be accessed at county libraries.
16.03.2 A paper copy of the Constitution will be available for inspection at the Council’s principal office and a copy can be purchased by any person who requests one on payment of a reasonable fee.
16.03.3 The Monitoring Officer will ensure that the summary of the Constitution is made widely available within the area and is updated as necessary.
16.03.4 The Monitoring Officer will ensure that updates to the Constitution are similarly distributed.