Article 4 - The Full Council

1                    General Role


1.1           There are certain functions, the responsibility for which and /or the exercise of which the Council must, by law, reserve to itself or has chosen to do so.  These are contained in Appendix 1 which sets out the assignment of responsibility for the functions not only of the Council itself, but also for Executive functions, Overview and Scrutiny functions and other non-Executive functions.



1.2           All Councillors, acting together as Full Council, will have the following roles and responsibilities:

a)       adopting the Constitution and any subsequent changes to it;

b)       adopting the Member’s Code of Conduct;

c)       agreeing the Council’s Policy Framework and Budget;

d)       taking decisions in respect of functions which are the responsibility of the Executive which are not in accordance with the Budgetary and Policy Framework agreed by the Council;

e)       taking decisions in respect of functions which are not the responsibility of the Executive and which have not been delegated by the Council to Committees, sub Committees or Officers;

f)         making appointments to Committees and external bodies;

g)       agreeing or amending the terms of reference for Committees, deciding on their composition and making appointments to them;

h)       appointing the Executive Leader of the Council;

i)         confirming the appointment of the Council’s Chief Operating Officer and Head of Paid Service;

j)         duty to appoint an Electoral Registration Officer;

k)       duty to appoint Returning Officer for local elections;

l)         adopting a Members Allowance Scheme under Appendix 20 of this Constitution;

m)     making, amending and revoking re-enacting or adopting bye-laws and promoting or opposing the making of local legislation of personal bills;

n)       power to change the name of the area and the name of the City;

o)       power to change the name of a Parish;

p)       power to fill vacancies in the event of insufficient nominations;

q)       appointing Honorary Freemen of the City;

r)        making standing orders and financial regulations;

s)       debating issues which affect the Council, its citizens and/or its area;

t)         all other matters which, by law, must be reserved to Council;

1.3           The extent and nature of these roles and responsibilities are set out in Appendices of this Constitution.

2               Council Meetings

2.1           There are four types of Council Meetings:

a)       Annual Meeting;

b)       Ordinary Meetings;

c)       Budget Council;

d)       Extraordinary or special Meetings.

2.2           All meetings will be conducted in accordance with the Council’s Procedure Rules set out in Appendix 3 of this Constitution.

3               Executive and Non-Executive Functions

3.1           Appendix 1 of this Constitution describes in detail those functions, which are the responsibility of the Executive (“Executive functions”) and those, which cannot be the responsibility of the Executive (“non-Executive functions”).  Apart from determining the Budgetary and Policy Framework, Executive functions include everything which is not explicitly identified as a non–Executive function in the Local Government Act 2000 and subsidiary regulations.

3.2           Non-Executive functions include:

a)       licensing and regulatory functions (Article 14);

b)       granting planning permission and other operational development control functions (Article 13);

c)       the appointment, disciplinary and terms and conditions of Officers (Article 24 and Appendix 12);

d)       functions in relation to elections and civic appointments;

e)       a range of functions relating to public rights of way.


4               Responsibility for Functions

4.1           The Council will keep up to date Appendix 1 of this Constitution setting out the allocation of responsibilities for the Council’s functions.