The Council's Constitution

Cambridgeshire County Council has a constitution which sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made, and the procedures that are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. Some of these processes are required by the law, while others are a matter for the Council to choose.

The Chief Executive and the Monitoring Officer are responsible for keep the Constitution under review. Any changes of substance are made only following a decision of full Council; to ensure you are reading the current version, please use the online documents.

The constitution can be read online here

If you have any questions about keeping the constitution up to date, please contact [email protected] or telephone 01223 699 180.

Scheme of Authorisation

The Scheme of Authorisation enables Executive Directors who hold delegated powers to authorise officers within their Directorates to undertake functions which lie within the scope of those powers. The Executive Director has discretion to decide which officers to authorise to exercise which powers/functions provided that the powers and functions are within the Director's delegated powers under the Constitution.

However, the Executive Director remains responsible for the decisions taken on their behalf and must ensure that the officers whom they authorise are suitably qualified and experienced to undertake the function. Each Director is required to maintain a scheme of authorisation for their directorate listing the authorisations granted. Below are copies of the schemes of authorisation currently in place. 

Children Families and Adults Scheme of Authorisation

Economy, Transport and Environment Scheme of Authorisation

Customer Service and Transformation Scheme of Authorisation

Public Health Scheme of Authorisation

Property Scheme of Authorisation

Procurement Insurance Scheme of Authorisation

Code of Corporate Governance

Good governance is about how the County Council ensures that it is doing the right things, in the right way, for the communities it serves. Cambridgeshire County Council is committed to upholding the highest possible standards of good corporate governance, believing that good governance leads to high standards of management, strong performance, effective use of resources, increased public involvement and trust in the Council and ultimately good results.

The Governance Framework comprises the systems and processes, and cultures and values by which the Council is directed and controlled and through which it accounts to, engages with and, where appropriate, leads the community. It enables the Council to monitor the achievement of its strategic objectives and to consider whether those objectives have led to the delivery of appropriate cost-effective services. 

The Council’s Code of Corporate Governance complies with a framework for governance standards as developed by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA) and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE). The Council undertakes an annual review of its compliance with the Code which is reported through an Annual Governance Statement published as part of the Council's annual financial statement.

Corporate governance of Cambridgeshire is based on the following principles:

  • Behaving with integrity, demonstrating strong commitment to ethical values, and respecting the rule of law.
  • Ensuring openness and comprehensive stakeholder engagement.
  • Defining outcomes in terms of sustainable economic, social and environmental benefits.
  • Determining the interventions necessary to optimise the achievement of the intended outcomes.
  • Developing the entity's capacity, including the capability of its leadership and the individuals within it.
  • Managing risks and performance through robust internal control and strong public financial management.
  • Implementing good practices in transparency, reporting and audit to deliver effective accountability.

Code of Corporate Governance 2016-17

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