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Council Constitution

The Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's 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. Some of these processes are required by the law, while others are a matter for the Council to choose.

The Council adopted a new, revised Constitution in December 2013 which incorporates recent legislative changes, changes to the Councils Committee structure and the reallocation of management responsibilities.

Index of the Council Constitution

Part 1 - Summary & Explanation

Summary and Explanation

Part 2 - Articles of the Council Constitution

Articles 1-10 (basic rules governing the Council's business)

Part 3 - Responsibility For Functions and Scheme

Responsibility for Functions and Scheme of Delegations

Part 4 - Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure

  • Council Procedure Rules
  • Cabinet Procedure Rules
  • Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules
  • Planning Committee Procedure Rules
  • Financial Procedure Rules
  • Standing Orders on Procurement and Contracts
  • Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules
  • Officer Employment Procedure Rules
  • Access to Information Procedure Rules

Part 5 - Codes & Protocols

Codes and Protocols

  • Members' Code of Conduct
  • Code of Conduct for Employees
  • Protocol on Member/Officer Relations
  • Local Member Consultative Charter
  • Confidential Reporting Code (Whistleblowing)
  • Local Code of Corporate Governance Arrangements
  • Proper Officers and Designated Officers
  • Terms of Indemnity for Members and Officers
  • Protocol for Members taking part in the Planning Process
  • Protocol for Members Dealing with Licencing Matters
  • Acquisition and Disposal of Property Guidance
  • General Member Protocol

Part 6 - Members' Allowances & Expenses Scheme

Members' Allowances and Expenses Scheme

  • Role Descriptions and Competencies for a Councillor
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