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Our constitution sets out how we operate, how decisions are made and the procedures we follow to ensure the council is efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.

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Some of these processes are required by the law, while others are a matter for us to choose.

The constitution is divided into 18 articles which set out the basic rules governing our business.

What's in our constitution?

Article 1 of the constitution commits us to the efficient delivery of services in an open and accountable system of government.

Articles 2 to 18 explain the rights of citizens and how the key parts of the council operate. These are: