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Constitution of Dorset County Council

The Constitution is a very detailed document divided into sixteen 'Articles' which state what is to be done and by whom. Other sections of the Constitution set out how the Articles will be put into effect through methods including Rules of Procedure and Codes of Conduct.

The Constitution is at the heart of the Dorset County Council's business. It explains the allocation of power and responsibility within the county council, and explains how it will work with other public bodies.

The county council has agreed that the purpose of its Constitution is to:

  • enable the county council to provide clear leadership to the community in partnership with members of the public, businesses and other organisations

  • support the active involvement of members of the public in the process of local authority decision-making

  • help county councillors represent their electors more effectively

  • enable decisions to be take efficiently and effectively

  • provide a means of improving the delivery of services to the community

  • create a powerful and effective means of holding decision-makers to public account

  • ensure that no member will review or scrutinise a decision in which they were directly involved

  • ensure that those responsible for decision-making are clearly identifiable to local people and that they explain the reasons for decisions


Part 1 Summary Explanation

Part 2 Article 03

Part 2 Article 4-8

Part 2 Article 9

Part 2 Article 01

Part 2 Article 02

Part 2 Articles 10

Part 2 Article 11

Part 2 Article 12-16

Part 3 Scheme of Delegation

Part 4 Contract Procedure Rules

Part 4 Council Procedure Rules - Standing Orders

Part 4 Officer Employment Procedure Rules

Part 4 Rules of Procedure pages 4-29 to 4-64

Part 5 Protocol for Members Officer Relations

Part 5 Protocol on engaging and consulting local members

Part 5 Code of Conduct for Members and Staff

Part 5 Petitions Scheme

Part 6 Members allowances scheme

Part 7 Management structure

Part 8 Members of the County Council

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