It's a legal requirement for a public sector organisation such as Wakefield Council to have a constitution which sets out how we operate, how decisions are made and the procedures we follow. This ensures what we do is efficient, transparent and accountable to you. Some of these processes are required by law, while others we choose to follow.

The Constitution is reviewed annually, and minor changes may be made during the year to ensure the document remains fit for purpose.

The Constitution is used by Councillors and Council Officers. The Constitution is, essentially, a reference document.

To help you find your way around the Constitution we've separated it into sections which can be downloaded separately. We continue to work on making the document, and the information it contains, more accessible online.

More detailed procedures and codes of practice are provided via links in the Corporate Governance Framework which can be found in Part 5 of this Constitution. The Corporate Governance Framework sets out those statutory key documents, Committees and important governance roles alongside those important governance arrangements, documents, procedures and guidance which put the building blocks in place to achieve our vision - 'The Wakefield District'. People thrive, businesses succeed and visitors are welcome.



Part 1 - summary and explanation

  • Our constitution
  • What’s in the constitution
  • How we operate
  • The leader
  • Joint arrangements
  • Overview and scrutiny
  • Our staff
  • Citizens’ rights

Part 2 - articles of the constitution

  • Article 1 - the constitution
  • Article 2 - members of the council
  • Article 3 - citizens and the council
  • Article 4 - the full council meeting
  • Article 5 - role and function of the mayor
  • Article 6 - overview and scrutiny committees
  • Article 7 - the cabinet (known as the executive)
  • Article 8 - regulatory and other committees
  • Article 9 - the standards committee
  • Article 10 - the licensing committee
  • Article 11 - joint arrangements
  • Article 12 - officers (otherwise known as staff or employees)
  • Article 13 - decision making
  • Article 14 - finance, contracts and legal matters
  • Article 15 - review and revision of the constitution
  • Article 16 - suspension, interpretation and publication of the constitution
  • Schedule 1: description of executive arrangements

Part 3 - responsibility for functions

  • Responsibility for local choice functions section 1
  • Responsibility for council functions (non executive)
  • Delegations to officers (executive functions)
  • Responsibility for executive functions (members)
  • Executive leader and cabinet member portfolio’s
  • Delegation of executive functions to cabinet members
  • Joint arrangements
  • Officer delegation scheme for executive functions

Part 4 - rules of procedure

  • Council procedure rules
  • Access to information procedure rules
  • Budget and policy framework procedure rules
  • Cabinet procedure rules
  • Overview and scrutiny procedure rules
  • Audit committee terms of reference
  • Corporate parenting committee
  • Joint consultative committee
  • Licensing committee and licensing sub-committees 1 and 2
  • Planning and highways committee
  • Standards committee
  • Standards sub-committee
  • Health and wellbeing board
  • Financial procedure rules
  • Contract procedure rules
  • Senior officer employment procedure rules

Part 5 - codes of practice, protocols and procedures

  • Corporate governance framework
  • Codes of practice, protocols and procedures
    • Members’ code of conduct
    • Planning code of conduct
    • Employees’ code of conduct
    • Protocol for employees on gifts and hospitality
    • Register of employees’ interests
    • Protocol for councillors with special responsibilities and senior officers
    • Summary of the roles of the leader, deputy leader, cabinet members, chief executive and corporate directors
    • Protocol for visits by hm government ministers and shadow ministers to Wakefield
    • Chief Financial Officer protocol
    • Monitoring Officer protocol

Part 6 - members’ allowances and other related expenditure

  • Members’ allowances scheme
  • Schedule 1 - members’ allowances scheme
  • Schedule 2 - members’ allowances rates
  • Schedule 3 - childcare and dependants carers allowances
  • Mayoral allowances

Part 7 - management structure