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Constitution of the council

Our constitution sets out how we operate, how decisions are made and the rules and procedures we follow to ensure our work is efficient and transparent and that we are accountable to local people.

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An annual review of the constitution is carried out each year. The last annual review took place in May 2017. Further amendments were made in July and August 2017 to reflect some changes in the law and to correct some inaccuracies. The officer scheme of delegations and article 11 have also been amended following a recent Head of Service restructure and transfer of functions.

This version replaces all previous versions.

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