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Part 1 - Summary and Explanation
This part of the Constitution provides a general overview of the Council.
Part 2 - Articles
The Articles provide details on how the Council functions and contain principles, commitments and basic rules, on how the Council conducts its business.
Part 3 - Responsibility for Functions
Under Executive arrangements, all functions are the responsibility of the Cabinet unless the law provides otherwise. This part of the Constitution details which part of the Council can exercise various functions. In addition, it provides information on meetings, delegations to Committees, Cabinet Members and Officers. There is also a list of officers which are designed as the Proper Officer in the Procedure Rules contained in Part 4.
Part 4 - Procedure Rules
This part of the Constitution contains the rules that the Council is required to have in place both by law and those which contribute to the corporate governance of the Council which govern how the various meetings of the Council will be conducted. In addition, it contains other rules relating to the budget and policy framework, financial procedures, the letting of contracts and the employment of officers.
Part 5 - The Ethical Framework
This part of the Constitution comprises various Codes and Protocols relating to standards of conduct and good practice which contribute to corporate governance of the Council.
Part 6 - Members' Allowances Scheme
This part of the Constitution comprises the Council's current Members' Allowance Scheme.
Part 7 - Management Structure
This part of the Constitution comprises the current officer management structure of the Council.
Part 8 - Local Councils Charters
This part of the Constitution contains the Charters agreed with the Colchester Association of Local Councils to enhance the partnership arrangements between the Council and Parish/Town Councils in the Borough.
For more information on the Constitution please contact -
Strategic Governance Manager and Monitoring Officer
Phone: 01206 282213