What is the legal framework?

The council’s powers and duties are set out in various Acts of Parliament.  Some of these powers are mandatory, which means that the council must do what is required by law. 

Statutory officers

The Council is required by law to have the following Statutory Officers:

Head of Paid Service

Monitoring Officer

Chief Finance Officer

Director of Social Services

Chief Education Officer

The Chief Executive

The Solicitor to the Council

The Strategic Director: Resources

The Strategic Director: People

Details of these, and the Council’s Proper Officers, can be found in Part 2, Article 12 of the Constitution.

If a local authority exceeds their statutory powers, they are regarded as acting outside the law and can be held to account through legal challenge.