Committee details

County Council

Purpose of committee

Only the County Council will exercise the following functions:


1. adopting and changing the constitution;


2. approving or adopting or making material changes to, the Policy Framework and the budget;


3. making decisions about any matter in the discharge of an Executive function which is covered by the Policy Framework or the budget where the decision maker is minded to make it in a manner which would be contrary to the Policy Framework or contrary to/or not wholly in accordance with the budget. This is subject to the urgency procedure contained in the Access to Information Procedure Rules in Part 4 of this constitution;


4. instructing the Cabinet to reconsider any draft plan or strategy submitted by it to the County Council for consideration;


5. appointing and removing the Leader of the Council;


6. agreeing and amending the terms of reference for committees, deciding on their composition and making appointments to them in accordance with the wishes of group leaders where they are politically balanced;


7. appointing representatives to outside bodies unless the appointment is an executive function or has been delegated by the council;


8. to establish an Independent Remuneration Panel and to adopt a members' allowances scheme under Article 2.6 upon recommendation from the Remuneration Panel;


9. appointing staff (for which responsibility is not delegated under the Scheme of Delegation to Officers) through a Staffing Committee save for the Head of Paid Service, Monitoring Officer or Section 151 Officer whose appointment shall be recommended by the Staffing Committee to the County Council;


10. confirming the appointment of the Head of Paid Service, Monitoring Officer or Section 151 Officer;


11. making, amending, revoking, re-enacting or adopting bylaws and promoting or opposing the making of local legislation or personal Bills;


12. all local choice functions set out in Part 3 of the constitution which the Council decides should be undertaken by itself rather than the Executive;


13. all other matters which, by law, must be reserved to Council;


14. adopting the Code of Conduct for Members;


15. taking decisions in respect of functions which are the responsibility of the Cabinet but which are not in accordance with the policy framework or budget agreed by the full Council;


16. the County Council may delegate non-Executive functions to other local authorities as referred to in Article 11 of this Constitution;


17. the County Council may accept the delegation of functions from other local authorities as referred to in Article 11 of this Constitution.


Contact information

Support officer: Lee Gallagher, Democratic Services Manager. 01305 224191 - Email:

Postal address:
County Hall
Colliton Park

Phone: 01305 224191


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