SUMMARY AND EXPLANATION
The Council’s Constitution
Surrey County Council has agreed a constitution which sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. (Page 1)
How the Council operates
The Council is composed of 80 councillors (or “Members”) elected every four years. Councillors are democratically accountable to electors in their electoral division. The overriding duty of councillors is to the whole community, but they have a special duty to their constituents.
Councillors have to agree to follow a code of conduct to ensure high standards in the way they undertake their duties. The Standards Committee provides training and advice to them on the code of conduct. (Page 2)
The public have the right to:
complain to the Council’s Monitoring Officer if they have evidence which they think shows that a councillor has not followed the Council’s Code of Conduct;
The Standards Committee investigates complaints about the behaviour of the councillors of Surrey County Council. It can only deal with complaints about things that are covered by the councillors’ Code of Conduct. It cannot help with complaints about:
the way the council conducts or records its meetings.