The council's constitution
In delivering services and performing their duties, all councils work within a wider legal context which says how they should operate - this includes the human rights act, local government acts and rules on standards and probity. A council's constitution is a local expression of the way in which it will operate within this wider framework.
The law requires some of these processes, while others are a matter for the council to choose.
Salford City Council's constitution sets out how the City Mayor and the council operate, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.
Changes to the constitution
At the meeting held on 17 July 2013, the council adopted amendments to parts one, two and three of the constitution. This follows the first 12 months experience of the new governance arrangements under an elected mayor model.
Part one - summary and explanation (amended 17 July 2013)
This replaces section 1, part 1 (summary and explanation) of the current constitution.
Part two - articles of the constitution (amended 17 July 2013)
This replaces section 1, part 2 (articles of the constitution) of the current constitution.
Part three - responsibility for functions (amended 17 July 2013)
Section A - local choice functions replacing section 1, part 3 section 1a (responsibility for local choice functions) of the current constitution.
Section B - executive functions replacing section 1, part 3 section 1c (responsibility for executive functions) and section 2 (scheme of delegation) of the current constitution, insofar as this deals with the elected City Mayor's delegation of the council's executive functions. With regard to the elected City Mayor's delegation of the council's executive functions, the monitoring officer will publish and maintain a separate elected City Mayor's register of delegations.
Section C - council (non-executive) functions replacing section 1, part 3, sections 1b and 1d (responsibility for council functions and functions not to be the responsibility of an authority's executive).
Section D - area (community) committees. This revised section sets out the terms of reference and responsibilities of the council's area committees which are referred to as community committees.
Section E - overview and scrutiny committees. This revised section sets out the remit of the council's scrutiny committees.
Section F - scheme of delegation of non-executive functions to chief officers and list of Salford City Council's statutory and proper officers. This replaces section 2 (scheme of delegation) of the current constitution insofar as this deals with the council's delegation of non-executive functions to chief officers and section 6 (list of proper officers and statutory powers) of the current constitution.
At the extraordinary meeting held on 30 October 2013, the council adopted further amendments to part three of the constitution relating to interim arrangements in relation to the discharge of those of the council's statutory, proper officer and non-executive functions currently delegated to the post of chief executive.
The amended sections, along with the current constitution, can be downloaded using the links at the bottom of this page. The remaining sections of the constitution will be submitted to council in due course for approval.
- Salford City Council constitution Parts 1 and 2 (Adopted 17 July 2013) (Microsoft Word format, 430kb)
- Salford City Council constitution Part 3 (Adopted 17 July 2013) (Microsoft Word format, 453kb)
- Salford City Council constitution changes (Adopted 30 October 2013) (Microsoft Word format, 114kb)
- Salford City Council constitution (Microsoft Word format, 1.1mb)
- Salford City Council contractual standing orders (Microsoft Word format, 139kb)
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Who to contact
- Democratic Services
- Civic Centre
Map to this location
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This page was last updated on 3 December 2013