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

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

  • Members of the council. Find out more about our councillors on their profile pages.

  • Citizens and the council.

  • The full council. Find out more about the full council.

  • Chairing the council. Find out more about the chair of the council.

  • Improvement and scrutiny committees. Find out more about Improvement and Scrutiny.

  • The executive.

  • Regulatory and other committees. Find out more about the Regulatory Committee.

  • The standards committee. Find out more about the Standards Committee.

  • Audit committee. Find out more about the Audit Committee.

  • Joint arrangements.

  • Officers.

  • Decision making.

  • Finance, contracts and legal matters. Find out more about finance and regulations and more about procurement on Source Derbyshire.

  • Review and revision of the constitution.

  • Suspension, interpretation and publication of the constitution.