The articles of the constitution set out the basic principles that underlie the way the council operates.

The other parts of the constitution include:

  • details of the council and the committees to which the council has delegated various powers and the functions that are the responsibility of the executive
  • the terms of reference of the various committees and other bodies
  • the standing orders that regulate the proceedings at meetings
  • financial regulation's
  • the code of practice for the procurement of works, supplies and services
  • codes of conduct for members and employees
  • the schedule for the payment of member's allowances
  • and a description of the management structure of the council's workforce.