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Summary

The Constitution sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that decisions are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. Some of these processes are required by law, while others are a matter for the Council to choose.

Blaby District Council carried out a review of the Constitution and was approved by Council on 24 May 2016. The current version is available to download in bite-sized documents below.

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Contents

Constitution of the Council

Part 1 - Summary and Explanation  

Introduction to the Constitution and how the Council operates.

Summary and Explanation

Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution

Basic rules governing the Council's business, and the rights of citizens.

Article 1 - Articles of the Constitution

Article 2 - Members of the Council

Article 3 - Citizens and the Council

Article 4 - The Full Council

Article 5 - Chairing the Council

Article 6 - Scrutiny Commission

Article 7 - The Cabinet Executive

Article 8 - The Standards Committee

Article 9 - Joint Arrangements

Article 10 - Officers

Article 11 - Decision Making

Article 12 - Finance, Contracts and Legal Matters

Article 13 - Review and Revision of the Constitution

Article 14 - Suspension, Interpretation and Publication of the Constitution

Part 3 - Responsibility for Functions

Who can take decisions, including the terms of reference for Committees and responsibilities given to officers.

Introduction

Section 1 - Cabinet Executive

Section 2 - Local Choice

Section 3 - Functions not to be the Sole Responsibility of an Authority's Executive

Section 4 - Circumstances in which Functions are not to be the Responsibility of an Authority's Executive 

Section 5 - Details of what the Law Prohibits from being the Responsibility of the Executive 

Section 6 - The Council's Responsibility and Delegation of Council Functions and Officer Functions

Section 6 - Sub Section 1 - Appeals Committee

Section 6 - Sub Section 2 - Audit Committee

Section 6 - Sub Section 3 - Chief Executive Remuneration Panel 

Section 6 - Sub Section 4 - Chief Executive, Directors and Chief Officer Appointments Committee

Section 6 - Sub Section 5 - Chief Executive, Directors and Chief Officers Disciplinary Committee 

Section 6 - Sub Section 6 - Committee for Disciplinary Action - Independent Members

Section 6 - Sub Section 7 - Grievance Committee

Section 6 - Sub Section 8 - Independent Remuneration Panel

Section 6 - Sub Section 9 - Joint Consultative Committee

Section 6 - Sub Section 10 - Joint Health and Safety Committee

Section 6 - Sub Section 11 - Licensing and Regulatory Committee

Section 6 - Sub Section 12 - Member Development Steering Group 

Section 6 - Sub Section 13 - Parish Remuneration Panel 

Section 6 - Sub Section 14 - Planning Committee 

Section 6 - Sub Section 15 - Scrutiny Commission

Section 6 - Sub Section 16 -  Standards Committee

Section 7 - Joint Arrangements

Part 4 - Rules of Procedure

Procedures for taking decisions and conducting meetings.

Section 1 Council Procedure Rules

Section 2 - Access to Information Procedure Rules

Section 3 - Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules

Section 4 - Cabinet Executive Procedure Rules

Section 5 - Scrutiny Procedure Rules (including Call-in Procedure + CCfA) 

Section 6 - Officer Employment Procedure Rules

Section 7 - Planning Committee Procedure Rules

Section 8 - Election of Chairman of Committees, Sub-Committees and Panels Procedure Rules 

Part 5 - Codes and Protocols

Codes of Conduct for Members and employees, and other codes and protocols.

Section 1 - Code of Conduct (Members)

Section 1 - Appendix - Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Section 2 - Voting Dispensations 

Section 3 - Guidance on the Acceptance of Gifts and Hospitality (Members) 

Section 3 - Sub Section 1 - Gifts and Hospitality - Good Practice Guide 

Section 4 - Planning Code of Good Practice and Supplemental Guidance on Lobbying

Section 5 - Protocol for Member-Officer Relations 

Section 5 - Appendix - 10 General Principles of Public Life

Section 6 - Code of Conduct (Staff)

Section 7 - Monitoring Officer Protocol

Section 8 - Statement of Procedure for Dealing with Complaints

Section 9 - Protocol on Presentations of Planning Development Proposals by Prospective Developers

Section 10 - Code of Practice - Disposals of Land

Section 11 - Public Speaking Protocol

Section 12 - Protocol on Audio/Visual Recording and Photography at Council Meetings

Section 13 - Scheme for Honorary Alderman

Part 6 - Members' Allowance Scheme

Payments for Members depending on their responsibilities.

Members' Allowance Scheme

Part 7 - Outside Bodies

Details of Members appointed to Outside Bodies.

Outside Bodies 

Part 8 - Blaby District Council - Vision, Values and Corporate Priorities

Blaby District Council - Vision, Values and Corporate Priorities 

Part 9 - Management Structure

Section 1 - Management Structure 

Management Structure

Part 10 - Financial Regulations

Section 1 - Financial Regulations

Appendix A - Financial Management

Appendix B - Financial Planning and Control of Resources 

Appendix C - Risk Management and Control of Resources

Appendix D - Financial Systems and Procedures

Appendix E - External Arrangements

Part 11 - Contract Regulations

Section 1 - Contract Regulations

Appendix 1 - Definitions

Appendix 2 - Variable Information

Appendix 3 - Quick Reference Guide

 

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