Cheshire East Council Constitution

Cheshire East Council Constitution index

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Chapter 1 – index

Introduction, Summary and Explanation

Introduction, Summary and Explanation
Purpose of the Constitution Page 5
The Council Page 5
Councillors Page 5
How the Council makes decisions Page 6
Principles of decision-making Page 6
The Council’s Staff/Employees Page 7
Rights of residents and the public Page 7
Role of the Mayor and Chair of the Council Page 8
The Mayoralty Code of Practice Page 9
Who may become Mayor or Deputy Mayor Page 9
Review of the Constitution Page 9

Chapter 2 - index

Responsibility for Functions

Chapter 2 - index
Committee Structure Page 5
Introduction to decision making Page 6
Functions of the Full Council Page 7-8
Policy Framework Page 8
Budget Page 8
Appointment to Outside Organisations Page 8
Functions of Committees Page 10
Corporate Policy Committee Page 10-12
Finance Sub-Committee Page 12-13
Staffing Appeals Sub-Committee Page 13
General Appeals Sub-Committee Page 13-14
Community Governance Review Sub-Committee Page 14
Constitution Working Group Page 14-15
Environment and Communities Committee Page 15-16
Economy and Growth Committee Page 16
Highways and Transport Committee Page 17-18
Children and Families Committee Page 18-19
Cared for Children and Care Leavers Committee (formerly the Corporate Parenting Committee) Page 19-20
Health and Adults Committee Page 20-21
Cheshire East Section 75 Joint Committee Page 21-22
Scrutiny Committee Page 22
Planning and Development Control Page 22-23
Strategic Planning Board Page 23-24
Northern and Southern Planning Committees Page 24-26
Licensing Page 26-28
Appointments Committee Page 28-29
Investigation and Disciplinary Committee (IDC) Page 29-30
Independent Persons Panel Page 30-31
Audit and Governance Committee Page 31-35
Hearing Sub-Committee Page 36
Independent Remuneration Panel Page 36-37
Cheshire East Statutory Health and Wellbeing Board (CEHWB) Page 37-44
Shared Services Joint Committee Page 44-46
Officer Delegations - Scheme of Delegation Page 47-77

Chapter 3 - index

Procedure Rules

Chapter 3 - Index
Rules of Procedure - Council Meetings Page 4-16
Committee and Sub-Committee Procedure Rules Page 17-22
Scrutiny Committee Procedure Rules Page 23-25
General Provisions Page 26-30
Public Speaking and Questions Page 31
Access to Information Procedure Rules Page 32-39
Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules Page 40-47
Finance Procedure Rules (FPRs) Page 48-82
Contract Procedure Rules Page 83-102
Employment Procedure Rules Page 103-106

Chapters 4-7 - index

Chapter 4 Codes and Protocols

Chapters 4-7 - index
Councillor Code of Conduct Page 5-19
Officer Code of Conduct Page 20-33
Councillor / Officer Protocol Page 34-44
Councillors’ Planning Code of Conduct Page 45-53
Whistleblowing Policy Page 54

Chapter 5 Scheme of Councillors’ Allowances

Chapters 4-7 - index
Scheme of Councillors’ Allowances Page 56-69

Chapter 6 Glossary

Chapters 4-7 - index
Glossary Page 70-80

Chapter 7 List of Associated Documents

Chapters 4-7 - index
List of Associated Documents Page 81-82

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Page last reviewed: 08 August 2023