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
2.01 Composition and eligibility
The Council has 53 elected Members, who are known as County Councillors. County Councillors represent the people who live in particular geographical areas, which are called electoral divisions. Only registered voters of the county or those living or working in the county will be eligible to hold the office of County Councillor. Detailed eligibility qualifications are set out in Section 79 of the Local Government Act 1972.
2.02 Election and terms of County Councillors
The people of Gloucestershire have an opportunity to decide who shall be elected to represent each of the Council’s electoral divisions every four years at what are known as “regular elections”. The next regular election will be held in 2021. If a County Councillor resigns, dies or becomes ineligible to serve as a County Councillor between regular elections, an election will be held to fill that “casual vacancy” unless the vacancy arises within the six months before a regular election.
2.03 The roles of County Councillors
County Councillors shall carry out the following key roles:
2.03.1 Collectively be the ultimate policymakers and carry out a number of strategic and corporate management functions including setting the Council’s budget;
2.03.2 Appropriately represent their communities and bring their views into the Council's decision making process, i.e. be the advocate of and for their communities;
2.03.3 Deal with individual casework, act as advocate for constituents in resolving and be responsible for trying to resolve, particular concerns or grievances;
2.03.4 Contribute to good governance of the area and actively encourage community participation and citizen involvement in decision making;
2.03.5 Maintain the highest standards of conduct and ethics;
2.03.6 Balance different interests identified within the ward or electoral division and represent the ward or electoral division as a whole;
2.03.7 Be available to represent the Council on other bodies;
2.03.8 Participate in and collectively share responsibility for the good governance and management of the Council.
2.04 The rights and duties of County Councillors
County Councillors shall have the following rights and duties:
2.04.1 A right of access to such meetings, documents, information, land and buildings of the Council as are necessary for the proper discharge of their functions and in accordance with the law;
2.04.2 A duty not to make public any information which is confidential or exempt without the express consent of the Council, Council body or Cabinet, as the case may be; and
2.04.3 A duty not to divulge to anyone, other than a County Councillor or an Officer entitled to know it any “confidential” or “exempt” information received from a Council source;
Note: The terms "confidential" and "exempt" are defined in the Access to Information Rules in Part 4 the Constitution and further information is included in the “Protocol on the Relationship between Officers and Members of Gloucestershire County Council” in Part 5 of the Constitution
2.04.4 County Councillors have a right to support from Officers to help them discharge their duties to the Council and their constituents.
County Councillors are required to comply with the Code of Conduct for Members and the Protocol on Relationships between Officers and Members, both of which may be found in Part 5 of the Constitution.
County Councillors will be entitled to receive allowances in accordance with the Members’ Allowances Scheme set out in Part 5 of this Constitution.