This Constitution, and all its appendices, is the Constitution of the Douglas Borough Council ('the Council').
The Constitution ensures that the Council’s decision making and governance arrangements help it to achieve its corporate aims, objectives and priorities effectively and efficiently. It also ensures that the Council meets its legal duties.
Purpose of the Constitution
- Enable the Council to provide clear leadership to the community in partnership with the public, businesses and other organisations;
- Support the active involvement of the public in the process of local authority decision-making;
- Help Members represent their constituents effectively;
- Enable decisions to be taken efficiently, effectively and transparently, with due regard to probity and equity;
- Create an effective means of holding decision-makers to public account;
- Ensure that no one will review a decision in which he or she was directly involved;
- Ensure that those responsible for decision-making are clearly identifiable to local people and that they explain the reasons for decisions; and
- Provide for the effective and improving delivery of services to the community.
Layout of the Constitution document:
Part 1 - Summary and Explanation
Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution
Part 3 - Responsibility for Functions and Scheme of Delegation
Part 4 - (1) Council Procedure Rules (Standing Orders)
Part 4 - (2) Access to Information Procedure Rules
Part 4 - (3) Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules
Part 4 - (4) Financial Regulations
Part 4 - (5) Officer Employment Procedure Rules
Part 4 - (6) Standards Committee Determinations Procedure Rules
Part 5 - (A) Members' Code of Conduct / Officers' Code of Conduct
Part 5 - (B) Protocol for Member / Officer Relations
Part 5 - (C) Member Support Protocol
Part 5 - (D) Whistleblowing Code
Part 5 - (E) Protocol for Monitoring and Review of Constitution
Part 5 - (F) Complaints Procedure
Part 5 - (G) Gifts and Hospitality - A Protocol for Members
Part 5 - (H) Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy
Part 5 - (I) Internet, Intranet and E-mail Code of Practice
Part 5 - (J) Protocol for Members and Officers involved in Partnerships
Part 5 - (K) Attendance at Conferences, etc.
Part 5 - (L) Procedure for dealing with Government Consultation Documents
Part 5 - (M) Media Contact Policy
Part 6 - Members' Allowance Scheme
Part 7 - Management Structure
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I read the Constitution?
Yes, the Constitution is available for public viewing at the Henry Bloom Noble Library or the Douglas Town Hall. You can also download a digital copy from this page.