The Constitution is reviewed and agreed annually by Council to ensure the Constitution remains accurate, and is amended in response to any national legislative changes.
The Council's Constitution
Wakefield Council has agreed a Constitution which 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 Constitution is divided into 16 'Articles', which set out the basic rules governing the Council's business. More detailed procedures and codes of practice are provided in separate rules and protocols within the Constitution or the separate Codes of Protocols, Practice and Procedures document.
What's in the Constitution?
Article 1 of the Constitution commits the Council to a system of efficient, transparent and accountable governance. In carrying out its duties and responsibilities, the Council will act in an open and inclusive manner. Articles 2 to 16 explain the rights of citizens and how the key parts of the Council operate.
Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity
Issued by Department of Communities and Local Government, 31 March 2011.