Richmondshire District Council

The council has agreed a constitution which sets out how it operates, how decisions are made, and the procedures which are followed to ensure these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.  Some of these processes are required by law, while others are a matter for the council.

There are six parts to the constitution.

Part 1 | Summary and explanation


Part 2 | Articles of the constitution

  • Article 1 - The constitution
  • Article 2 - Members of the council
  • Article 3 - Citizens of the council
  • Article 4 - The full council
  • Article 5 - Chairing the council
  • Article 6 - Overview and Scrutiny Committees
  • Article 7 - Strategy Board and other committees
  • Article 8 - The Standards Committee
  • Article 9 - Area partnerships & area committees
  • Article 10 - Joint arrangements
  • Article 11 - Officers
  • Article 12 - Decision making
  • Article 13 - Finance, contract and legal matters
  • Article 14 - Review and revision of the constitution
  • Article 15 - Suspension, interpretation and publication of the constitution
  • Article 16 - Corporate Board spokespersons
  • Article 17 - Appointments to outside bodies
  • Schedule 1 - Description of alternative arrangements
  • Schedule 2 - Roles and responsibilities of members
  • Schedule 3 - List of Strategy Board spokesperson themes
  • Schedule 4 - Outside bodies details

 Part 3 | Responsibility for functions

  • Scheme of delegation to officers
  • Scheme of delegation to officers - exemption protocol

 Part 4 | Rules of procedure

  • Part A - Council and committee procedure rules
  • Part B - Specific committee procedure rules
  • Part C - Access to information procedure rules
  • Part D - Budget and policy framework
  • Part E - Scrutiny procedure rules
  • Part F - Financial procedure rules
  • Part G - Contract procedure rules
  • Part H - Officer employment procedure rules
  • Part I - Substitution procedure rules
  • Part J - Key decisions and forward plan rules

Part 5 | Codes and protocols

  • Members code of conduct
  • Member/officer relations protocol
  • Officer code of conduct
  • Petition scheme
  • Planning committee site visit protocol

 

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