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The Constitution

The Constitution explains:
•How the council operates
•How decisions are made
•The procedures which are followed to ensure decisions are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people

Some processes are required by law, but certain matters the council can decide itself.

The council executes deeds under section 74(1)(b) of the Law of Property Act 1925 by sealing them and having them signed by a Member and an officer of the council. Under the council's Constitution, the Member is usually the Mayor and the officer is a solicitor.

The Constitution is divided into 16 Articles which set out the basic rules governing the council's business. Article 1 sets out the purpose of the Constitution. Articles 2 - 16 explain the rights of citizens and how the key parts of the council operate. More information on the Articles can be found under Part 2 of the Constitution.