Council Constitution

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

The Constitution is divided into 16 articles - which set out the basic rules governing the Council's business. More detailed procedures and codes of practice are provided in separate rules and protocols at the end of the document.

What's in the Constitution?

Article 1 of the Constitution commits the Council to provide clear local leadership through partnership, efficiency, accountability, creativity and transparency. Articles 2 - 16 explain the rights of citizens and how the key parts of the Council operate. These are:
  • Members of the Council (Article 2).
  • Citizens and the Council (Article 3).
  • The Council meeting (Article 4).
  • Chairing the Council (Article 5).
  • Overview and scrutiny of decisions (Article 6).
  • The executive (Article 7).
  • Regulatory and other committees (Article 8).
  • The Standards Committee (Article 9).
  • Area committees/forums (Article 10).
  • Joint arrangements (Article 11).
  • Officers (Article 12).
  • Decision making (Article 13).
  • Finance, contracts and legal matters (Article 14).
  • Review and revision of the Constitution (Article 15).
  • Suspension, interpretation and publication of the Constitution (Article 16).

The main subjects covered by the codes and protocols which follow the Articles are:
  • Responsibility for Functions, including Delegated Powers.
  • Rules of Procedure covering how the Council and Executive operate, Access to Information, Budget and Policy Framework and Overview and Scrutiny.
  • Finance, Contract & Officer Employment Procedures.
  • Codes of Conduct for both Elected Members and Officers.
  • Protocols on Member/Officer Relations, Decision Making of the Cabinet, Cabinet Member Reports, the work of the Monitoring Officer, Handling Petitions to the Council, Area Environment Committees and the Use of Members IT Facilities.
  • Members Allowances.
  • The Council Management Structure.

This is the 4th edition of the Constitution, revised 13 March 2017. If you have any views, please contact

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