The council's constitution
The council has agreed this constitution, which sets out how the council operates.
It also sets out how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that the council is efficient, transparent, and accountable to local people.
Some of these processes are required by law, whilst others are a matter for the council to choose.
What's in the constitution?
There are several parts to the constitution (some are attached as pdf files throughout the following text - all appear as pdf files below along with a pdf of the whole constitution).
Part 1 is the summary and explanation Part 1- The Constitution [221kb]
Part 2 of the constitution is divided into 16 articles which set out the basic rules governing the council's business. The articles refer to more detailed procedures and codes of practice which are set out in separate rules and protocols contained in other parts of the constitution. Part 2 - The Articles of the Constitution [513kb]
- Article 1 sets out the purpose of the Constitution, which is to ensure that the Council functions effectively, efficiently, transparently and accountably, in partnership with and to the benefit of, the local community, delivering high quality services and striving for continuous improvement.
- Articles 2 - 16 explain the rights of citizens and how the key parts of the council operate. The following list shows the subject matter of each of these articles.
- Article 2 - Members of the Council
- Article 3 - Residents and the council
- Article 4 - The Council
- Article 5 - The Mayor and Chairing the Council
- Article 6 - Overview and Scrutiny Committees
- Article 7 - The Leader and Cabinet Executive
- Article 8 - Committees and Sub-Committees of Council
- Article 9 - Area Committees and Forums
- Article 10 - Joint Arrangements
- Article 11 - Officers
- Article 12 - Decision Making and allocation of functions between the Council and Cabinet
- Article 13 - Finance, Contracts and Legal Matters
- Article 14 - Review and Revision of the Constitution
- Article 15 - Suspension, Interpretation and Publication of the Constitution
In Part 3 there is a schedule of responsibilities which shows who or which body takes decisions. Part 3 - Responsibility for Functions [415kb] Part 3 (a) - Appendix - Scheme of Delegation to Officers [396kb]
In Part 4 are the detailed rules of procedure which the council follows - there are 8 sets of rules and you will find the pdf file for each one at the bottom of this page.
Part 5 contains the codes of practice and protocols which the council has adopted- there are 6 codes and protocols and you will find the pdf file for each one at the bottom of this page.
Part 6 sets out the scheme for the payment of allowances to the members of the council. Part 6 - Members' Allowance Scheme [78kb]
Part 7 explains how the officers of the borough council are organised. Part 7 - Management Structure [383kb]
Part 8 & 9 have been added to show the membership of the council's committees, members' contact details and the programme of the meetings. Part 8 (A) - Membership of Committees [143kb] Part 8 (B) - Member Contact Details [159kb] Part 9 - Programme of Meetings [236kb]
Click on the pdf files below to view individual files.
|[187kb]||Contents||List of constitution files|
|[221kb]||Part 1- The Constitution||A description of the constitution|
|[513kb]||Part 2 - The Articles of the Constitution||The main rules governing how the council operates|
|[415kb]||Part 3 - Responsibility for Functions||Which committee or officer is responsible for each of the council's functions|
|[396kb]||Part 3 (a) - Appendix - Scheme of Delegation to Officers||Responsibilities delegated to officers|
|[314kb]||Part 4 (A) - Rules of Procedures for Meetings||The rules governing how committee meetings are held|
|[195kb]||Part 4 (B) - Access to Information Procedure Rules||The rules governing access to information provided for committee meetings|
|[39kb]||Part 4 (C) - Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules||The rules of how the council's budget and policy framework are developed|
|[151kb]||Part 4 (D) - Cabinet Procedure Rules||How the Cabinet operates|
|[212kb]||Part 4 (E) - Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules||How the overview and scrutiny committees operate|
|[104kb]||Part 4 (F) - Officer Employment Procedure Rules||The rules governing how officers are employed|
|[675kb]||Part 4 (G) - Financial Procedures||The rules governing the management of the council's financial affairs|
|[397kb]||Part 4 (H) - Contract and Procurement Procedure Rules||The rules governing contracts and procurement|
|[39kb]||Part 5 - Codes and Protocols - list of contents||List of the council's codes and protocols|
|[45kb]||Part 5 (A) - Boston Members' Code of Conduct||The code of conduct which councillors must abide by|
|[203kb]||Part 5 (B) - Employee's Code of Conduct||The code of conduct which officers must abide by|
|[49kb]||Part 5 (C) - Member-Officer Relations Protocol||A guide with respect to relations between councillors and officers|
|[23kb]||Part 5 (D) - Monitoring Officer Protocol||The main functions of the monitoring officer and how these functions should be discharged|
|[303kb]||Part 5 (E) - Planning Good Practice Code||A good practice guide for councillors and officers dealing with planning matters|
|[241kb]||Part 5 (E) - Public Speaking Policy at Planning Committee||The policy for members of the public speaking at planning committee meetings|
|[409kb]||Part 5 (F) - Whistleblowing Policy||How employees can raise serious concerns within the council|
|[78kb]||Part 6 - Members' Allowance Scheme||The scheme for the payment of allowances to councillors|
|[383kb]||Part 7 - Management Structure||Management structure commencing October 1st 2016|
|[143kb]||Part 8 (A) - Membership of Committees||The membership of the council's committees|
|[159kb]||Part 8 (B) - Member Contact Details||Councillors' contact details|
|[236kb]||Part 9 - Programme of Meetings||Committee meeting dates|
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