The London Borough of Lambeth, in keeping with all other local authorities in England has a constitution. Our constitution sets out how the council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures that are followed to ensure that these decisions are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. Some of these processes are required by law, while others are a matter for the council to choose.
A list of contents and an index for the Constitution is set out here which will help you find the information you want to access. This also includes a glossary of terms.
Part 1 is the introduction to the constitution – general information on what is included is set out here. This also covers the decision-making processes, how key parts of the council operate and the rights of the people of Lambeth to become involved in these processes.
Part 2 Sections 1-3 sets out the responsibilities and terms of reference of the council's various committees and panels, including the Cabinet and other executive functions. Part 2 (section 4) sets out the scheme of delegation to officers of the council, and the financial regulations. Part 2 (section 5) sets out the joint arrangements made between the council and other bodies.
This part sets out the detailed procedure rules (standing orders) covering council and committee meetings, access to information, the Cabinet, Scrutiny committees and more.
Part 4 explains how councillors and officers of the council must conduct themselves according to the statutory member code of conduct, and other codes of conduct and protocols.
Part 5 sets out details of the basic and special responsibility allowances etc to which councillors are entitled.
This chart explains the Council’s internal officer structure.