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
4.01 Functions of the full Council
4.01.1 The principal function of the full Council is to approve, adopt and change the Council’s budgetary and Policy Framework. The documents that make up the Policy Framework are prescribed by law under the Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (England) Regulations 2000 as amended, but may, in addition, include any other plans and strategies that the Council decides should be considered by the full Council. The documents currently comprising the Policy Framework are listed in the Policy Framework and Budget Procedure Rules;
4.01.2 The full Council is also responsible for a number of other important functions, which are described in Tables 3.1 and 3.2 in Part 3 of this Constitution.
4.02 Full Council meetings
4.02.1 There are three kinds of meeting of the full Council:
- The Annual Meeting;
- Ordinary Meetings (including the Budget Meeting);
- Extraordinary Meetings.
4.02.2 Each of these meetings will be conducted in accordance with the Council’s Procedural Standing Orders in Part 4 of the Constitution.
4.03 Responsibility for functions
Part 3 of the Constitution describes how the functions that are not carried out by the Cabinet are distributed between other Council bodies.