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

The City Council is required, by the Local Government Act 2000, to publish the minimum number of signatures which would be needed to support a valid petition requiring the Council to hold a referendum on whether or not the City should start to operate the mayor and cabinet executive or committee system.

The minimum number of signatures (equivalent to 5% of the City's local government electorate) is 20092. The above number will apply to any petition submitted to the City Council before 1 April 2020. However, a new number will be published in February 2020 and if the new number is less than 20092, then the new number will apply from the date it is published.

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