The Constitution

The Constitution sets out how the County Council works and how it makes decisions

The purpose of the Constitution is to set out how the County Council works and how it makes decisions.

The County Council is responsible for a wide range of services. It must provide some of these services by law; others are discretionary.

The County Council's role is to deliver services to the people of Hampshire (and sometimes beyond) in an open, transparent and cost-effective way; acting in the best interests of Hampshire and its members of the public as a whole

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Contents of the Constitution


Introduction and summary


Part 1

Chapter 1 – Outline

Chapter 2 - Members of the Council

Chapter 3 - Members of the public and the County Council

Chapter 4 - The Role of the County Council

Chapter 5 - Chairing of the County Council

Chapter 6 - Arrangements to perform Regulatory Functions

Chapter 7 - The Audit Committee

Chapter 8 - Pension Fund Panel and Board

Chapter 9 - The Conduct Advisory Panel

Chapter 10 - The Health and Wellbeing Board

Chapter 11 - The Executive

Chapter 12 - Statutory Joint Committees Area-based Committees and Panels

Chapter 13 - Officers

Chapter 14 - Select (Overview and Scrutiny) Committees and Health (Overview and Scrutiny) Committee

Chapter 15 - Decision making

Chapter 16 - Legal, finance and contract matters

Chapter 17 - Review and revision of the Constitution

Chapter 18 - Interpreting the Constitution

Part 2 - Responsibility for functions
Part 3 - Rules of procedure
Part 4 - Codes and protocols