Council considers new Constitution and Code of Conduct

Monday, 21 September, 2020

East Hampshire District Council is reviewing its Constitution to make it more comprehensive, accessible and robust.

The council’s Constitution is a key document which supports the council’s operations and ensures efficient governance.

The work has also included a revised Code of Conduct, which is clearer and more helpful to councillors.

The Code of Conduct will be shared with town and parish councils who can comment on it and adopt it as they require.

At EHDC’s Full Council meeting on Thursday 17 September, the council agreed the new structure and format of the new Constitution.

The final version of the constitution, to include the new Code of Conduct and new protocols for officers and councillors, will be finished in November.

Cllr Richard Millard, EHDC Leader, said: “The new Constitution will be substantially different from its predecessor.

“It will be more comprehensive, flexible, easier for residents and councillors to understand and will provide the council with a clear set of guiding principles.

“The Code of Conduct will be a much more useful tool for councillors, giving them better, more specific and more up-to-date guidance.

“Keeping these documents under review and up-to-date is essential for any well-run organisation, so it is vital they are properly discussed and examined by Full Council as we continue to improve the council’s governance.”