The Constitution sets out:
· How the council operates; how decisions are taken; and, who has the power to take which decisions
· The procedures, codes and protocols to be followed to ensure decisions are made efficiently, transparently and with accountability to local people
Some of these processes are required by law. Others are a matter for the Council to choose. In the case of any conflict between the Constitution and legislation, the legislation will prevail.
The Constitution is periodically updated to incorporate current legislation and to reflect any changes which the Council has decided to make.
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Following a Constitution review, amendments to the Constitution were agreed at the 14 December 2020 Full Council meeting. The Constitution is currently being updated to reflect these changes and will be republished in due course.