Constitution

The Council’s Constitution is currently being updated to reflect the changes agreed at Annual Council 2021.   Please contact the Chief Legal Officer or Committee Team, 01924 305051, committeeservices@wakefield.gov.uk with any queries relating to the constitution.  

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.