Our Constitution 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. 

Changes to the constitution

The majority of the changes to the Constitution are approved at meetings of Full Council or the Annual General Meeting.

The Director of Legal and Governance has delegated authority, in consultation with the Lord Mayor to make minor changes to the Constitution.

Code of Corporate Governance

The Code of Corporate Governance sets out why good governance is important, explains how we define this and tells you how we will make sure it takes place. Good governance is about making sure that the Council carries out its role wisely, openly, and in a way that is accountable to local people. For more information please see our Code of Corporate Governance, reviewed in June 2015. 

Request a referendum on changing governance arrangements

You have the right to ask for a referendum on changing our governance arrangements from the current system. A referendum can be triggered by a valid petition containing the signatures of a minimum of 5% of the local government electorate.

The number of signatures currently required is 20,956. The number is valid until 31 March 2019. The number to be used for 2019 will be published within 14 days of 15 February 2019.

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