You can read more about the Council and its Constitution here
The Council’s duties and services are managed by the elected councillors (known within the Council as ‘members’) through a democratic structure.
In accordance with government legislation, the County Council has:
The full County Council of 55 elected members is responsible for deciding the democratic arrangements for the Council and agreeing our policy framework and each year’s budget.
The Constitution of Somerset County Council is a document detailing how decisions are made and the procedures followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.
We are required by the Local Government Transparency Code 2015 to publish details of our constitution. You can find the documents in Downloads.
If you would like more information about the Council and its Constitution please contact:
Somerset County Council
Phone: 01823 357628
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The Council’s Constitution
Part 1 of the Constitution
Part 2 Contents page
A – Financial Regulations
B – Contract Standing Orders
C – Code of Conduct for Members
D – Scheme of Members Allowances
E – Code of Planning Practice
F – Protocol on Members’ Access to Information
G – Member and Officer Protocol
H – Member Role Descriptions
I – Somerset County Council Recording Protocol
J – Tell Local Councillor protocol
K – Appointment of Honorary Aldermen
L – Scrutiny Task and Finish Group Protocol
Chief Executive and SLT Scheme of Delegation January 2018
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