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
3.01 The rights of the public regarding the Council's business
The public have the following rights:
3.01.1 To attend meetings of the Council and its committees and of the Cabinet, except where confidential or exempt information is likely to be disclosed;
3.01.2 To find out from the Forthcoming Executive Decision List what and when key decisions will be taken by the Cabinet;
3.01.3 To inspect agendas, reports, background papers and minutes subject to exceptions in respect of confidential and exempt information. These rights are explained in the Rules on Access to Information about the County Council Formal Business in Part 4 of this Constitution;
3.01.4 At certain times of the year, the public are also entitled to inspect the Council’s accounts and express their views on them to its external auditor (whose name and address may be obtained from the Executive Director of Corporate Resources).
3.02 Executive Arrangements
In addition to their right to vote in elections or referenda, people who are on the electoral register for Gloucestershire are entitled to petition for a referendum to replace the Leader and Cabinet of the County Council with an elected mayor and Cabinet. Information on this right may be obtained from the Head of Democratic Services.
People who live or work in Gloucestershire are entitled to petition the Council on various issues either through paper-based petitions or e-petitions. The petitions scheme is available on the County Council website or from Democratic Services.
The people of Gloucestershire have the right to ask questions at meetings of the full Council and its committees (except Scrutiny Committees). These rights are explained by Procedural Standing Orders 8 and 26 which may be found in Part 4 of this Constitution.
The public may complain to:
- the Council about its services under the Council's complaints process or information compliance procedures;
- the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman after having exhausted the Council's own complaints process;
- the Information Commissioner's Office, about the Council's information rights practices; or
- the Council's Monitoring Officer about the conduct of County Councillors and co-opted Members of the Council.