Staffordshire County Council Constitution - Monday 20th November 2023

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Introduction to How the Council Works pdf icon PDF 164 KB

·         The County Council members, officers and citizens’ rights

·         The County Council and how decisions are made (including principles of decision making, Cabinet Decisions, definition of Key Decisions, definition of Scrutiny)



The County Council's Constitution - Role and Purpose pdf icon PDF 167 KB

·         Role, Purpose and Interpretation of the Constitution

·         Review of the Constitution

·         Suspension of the Constitution

·         Publication of the Constitution


Members of the County Council pdf icon PDF 160 KB

·         Composition, eligibility, election and terms of councillors

·         Roles, functions, rights and responsibilities of all councillors

·         Members’ Code of Conduct (including Guidance Notes)

·         Guidance on Member / Officer relations

·         Members’ Allowances Scheme

·         Parental Leave Policy and Procedure for Members

Additional documents:


Citizens of the County Council pdf icon PDF 214 KB

·         Citizens’ rights (including complaints)

·         Petitions scheme


The Full Council pdf icon PDF 170 KB

·         Purpose and Functions of Full Council (including Local Choice Functions)

·         Council Meetings (including Chairing Meetings)

·         Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules

Additional documents:


The Cabinet pdf icon PDF 182 KB

·         Executive Arrangements

·         Appointment and Terms of Office of Leader of the Council, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members

·         Role of Cabinet, Cabinet Decisions and Cabinet Member Decisions

·         Procedure at Cabinet Meetings (including Conflict of Interest etc.)

·         Consultation (including Boards)

·         Cabinet Member Responsibilities (including General Delegations)

·         Local Choice Functions which are Cabinet responsibilities

·         Property Sub-Committee

·         County Farm Tenancies Panel

·         Terms of Reference for Boards and Cabinet Sub-Committees

·         The Shadow Cabinet

Additional documents:


Overview and Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 245 KB

·         General Role and Function of Overview and Scrutiny Committees

·         Terms of Reference

·         Membership and Co-option

·         Meetings of Overview and Scrutiny Committees

·         Work Programme and Budget

·         Cabinet Member Accountability, Officers Giving Account, Attendance by Others

·         Policy Advisory Groups

·         Policy Review, Scrutiny Reports, Rights of Members to Documents

·         Call-in


Other Committees pdf icon PDF 280 KB

·         Planning Committee

·         Audit and Standards Committee

·         Pensions Committee

·         Charities and Trusts Committee


Joint Arrangements pdf icon PDF 248 KB

·         Joint Arrangements – General Principles

·         Terms of Reference for Existing Arrangements

Additional documents:


Officers pdf icon PDF 201 KB

·         Management Structure

·         Statutory Officers

·         Conduct, Employment, Exercise of Delegated Powers and Finance, Legal and Contract Matters

·         Scheme of Delegation

·         Local Code of Conduct for Officers

·         Whistleblowing Policy

o   Contact Officers List

·         Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Theft Policy

·         Officer Employment Rules

Additional documents:


Procedural Standing Orders pdf icon PDF 253 KB

·         How meetings work


Access to Information Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 199 KB

·         Access to information, agendas, reports and minutes

·         Attendance at meetings

·         Exclusion of the public / confidential information

·         The Forward Plan of Key Decisions


Financial Regulations pdf icon PDF 378 KB

·         Financial planning, budgeting and reporting

·         Audit, control and irregularities

·         Spending

·         Income

·         Treasury Management

·         Assets

·         Insurance and managing risks

·         Other funds


Procurement Regulations pdf icon PDF 320 KB

·         Procurement processes

·         Contracts register

·         Procurement toolkit

·         Public Procurement Regulations

·         Exemptions and exceptions