Our constitution

What is it and why do we have one?

Taunton Deane Borough Council has agreed a new Constitution which sets out how the council operates. It aims to describe the way our decisions are made and the various procedures which need to be followed. These procedures are there to ensure that those decisions are reached in ways which are both efficient and yet which are also, transparent and accountable to local people. Some of the processes described in the constitution are required by the law, while others are a matter for the council to choose.

Our aim is for people to understand how this machinery works and to remove much of the unnecessary mystery which often seems to surround the way in which local government works.

The Constitution is divided into 16 "Articles" which set out the basic rules governing the council's business. More detailed procedures and codes of practice are provided in separate rules and protocols at the end of the document. To start with a number of these will initially consist of a description of our current procedures. These will be added to and updated as we gain experience of the new system.

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