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Contact: Karen Strahan 01392 382264  Email: karen.strahan@devon.gov.uk

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Part 1 - Summary and Explanation pdf icon PDF 230 KB

The Constitution is the Council’s Code of Corporate Governance which sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. Some of these processes are prescribed by the law, others are matters for the Council's discretion or have evolved in light of experience.

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Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution pdf icon PDF 439 KB

Articles 1 - 16 and Schedule 1 (Description of Executive Arrangements).

 

Article 1                      The Constitution

Article 2                      Members of the Council

Article 3                      The People of Devon and the Council

Article 4                      The Council

Article 5                      Chairing the Council

Article 6                      The Cabinet

Article 7                      Overview and Scrutiny Committees

Article 8                      Regulatory and other Committees

Article 9                      The Standards Committee

Article 10                   Area Committees and Forums

Article 11                   Joint Arrangements

Article 12                   Officers

Article 13                   Decision Making

Article 14                   Finance, Contracts and Legal Matters

Article 15                   Review and Revision of the Constitution

Article 16                   Suspension, Interpretation and Publication of the Constitution

Schedule 1                Description of Executive Arrangements

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Part 3 - Responsibility for Functions

Responsibility for Functions including Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation.

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Introduction and Explanatory Note pdf icon PDF 84 KB

3b

Responsibility for Functions - Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 376 KB

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Scheme of Delegation pdf icon PDF 220 KB

3d

Appeals and Planning and Infrastructure Projects pdf icon PDF 209 KB

3e

Schedule of Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 614 KB

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Locality Budget Operating Principles pdf icon PDF 120 KB

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Part 4 - Rules of Procedure for Meetings of the Council, Cabinet and Committees

Rules of Procedure for Meetings of the Council, Cabinet and Committees, including Public Participation, Petitions, Protocols for Development Management, Farms Estate and Scrutiny Procedure Rules.

4a

Standing Orders pdf icon PDF 361 KB

4b

Budget and Policy Framework pdf icon PDF 195 KB

4c

Cabinet Procedures Rules pdf icon PDF 263 KB

4d

Scrutiny Procedures Rules pdf icon PDF 489 KB

4e

Access to Information Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 243 KB

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Public Participation at Meetings pdf icon PDF 132 KB

4g

Petition Scheme pdf icon PDF 228 KB

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Development Management Protocol pdf icon PDF 224 KB

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Farms Estate Protocol pdf icon PDF 192 KB

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Part 5 - Code of Business Conduct

The collective term for various Council regulations and provisions including Procurement Policy, Financial Regulations, Contract Procedure Rules, Electronic Transactions, Surplus Property, Insurance and the Whistleblowing Policy.

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How Elements of the Code are Arranged pdf icon PDF 15 KB

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Procurement Policy pdf icon PDF 208 KB

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Financial Regulations pdf icon PDF 493 KB

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Contracts Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 120 KB

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Procedures for Tenders and Contracts pdf icon PDF 235 KB

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Code of Practice for Electronic Transactions pdf icon PDF 133 KB

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Code of Practice for Disposal of Surplus Property pdf icon PDF 223 KB

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Indemnity and Insurance for Members and Officers pdf icon PDF 131 KB

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A 'Whistleblowing' Policy pdf icon PDF 237 KB

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Good Practice Guide on Proper Conduct of Business pdf icon PDF 141 KB

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Part 6 - Code of Personal Conduct

Code of Business Conduct, including Members and Officers Code of Conduct, Job Profiles for Elected Members, Protocol on Member / Officer Relationships, Pay Policy Statement and Chief Officer Employment Rules.

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Members' Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 236 KB

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Councillors Safeguarding Note and DBS Checks pdf icon PDF 307 KB

6c

Sexual Harassment – Acceptable Conduct & Guidance Note pdf icon PDF 184 KB

6d

Conflicts of Interest Guidance pdf icon PDF 405 KB

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Guidance on Dispensations pdf icon PDF 352 KB

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Job Profiles for Elected Members pdf icon PDF 128 KB

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Officers' Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 77 KB

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Protocol on Member / Officer Relations pdf icon PDF 248 KB

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Pay Policy Statement pdf icon PDF 276 KB

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Chief Officer Employment Procedures Rules pdf icon PDF 147 KB

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Part 7 - Members Allowances Scheme pdf icon PDF 322 KB

This document sets out the full range of allowances payable to members of the County Council in line with the Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) Regulations 1991, as amended.

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Members Allowances - Maternity, Paternity , Shared Parental and Adoption Leave pdf icon PDF 205 KB

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Part 8 - Management Structure pdf icon PDF 204 KB

This outlines the Senior Management Structure of the Council.

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Part 9 - Joint Arrangements pdf icon PDF 137 KB

Joint Arrangements made by the Council with other Local Authorities under S101 of the Local Government Act 1972.

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Part 10 - Working Practices pdf icon PDF 179 KB

The Council’s procedures are governed by its Constitution. This is supplemented by the approved Working Practices explained below which affect the operation of the Committee process or impact upon individual members. These Working Practices do not form part of the Constitution but are reproduced here for convenient reference.

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Part 11 - Framework of Corporate Guidance pdf icon PDF 108 KB

The Council’s Framework of Corporate Guidance also includes other Devon County Council Strategies, Plans etc, which are listed in this part.