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Our Constitution

West Devon Borough Council has a Constitution, a written legal document that guides the Council on its decision making processes.

An introduction to our Constitution

The Constitution sets out:

  • How the Council operates
  • How decisions are made
  • The procedures the Council must follow.

We follow these strict procedures to ensure that we are efficienttransparent, and accountable to local people.

Some of these processes are required by law, while others are a matter for the Council to decide. The Constitution is ultimately approved by the full Council.

For a copy of the Council's Constitution please see the download section.

Contents

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Definitions

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Part 1 - Summary and Explanation 

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Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution

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Icon for pdf Members of the Council [26.89Kb]

Icon for pdf Citizens and the Council [18.55Kb]

Icon for pdf The Council [17.42Kb]

Icon for pdf The Mayor [13.89Kb]

Icon for pdf Decision Making [21.71Kb]

Icon for pdf Other Committees [21.08Kb]

Icon for pdf Joint Arrangements [21.82Kb]

Icon for pdf Officers [33.13Kb]

Icon for pdf Finance, Contracts and Legal Matters [20.63Kb]

Icon for pdf Review and Revision of the Constitution [19.53Kb]

Icon for pdf Suspension, Interpretation and Publication of the Constitution [17.0Kb]

Part 3 - Responsibility for Functions

Icon for pdf Delegation Scheme [196.92Kb]

Part 4 - Rules of Procedure

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Icon for pdf Access to Information Procedure Rules [34.44Kb]

Icon for pdf Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules [15.58Kb]

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Icon for pdf Financial Procedure Rules [513.44Kb]

Icon for pdf Contract Procedure Rules [232.52Kb]

Icon for pdf Officer Employment Procedure Rules [26.64Kb]

Part 5 - Codes and Protocols

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Icon for pdf Officers’ Code of Conduct [40.32Kb]

Icon for pdf A Protocol For Member/Officer Relations [66.68Kb]

Part 6 - Members' Allowances Scheme

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