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Committee Governance and Constitution

  • Chair of the Council Open or Close

    Councillor Smith, who represents Unstone Ward, was elected Chair of the Council May 2017.  

    The Chair attends a variety of engagements during her civic year such as formal ceremonies, awards presentations, galas, church services, opening new premises, visiting schools and local businesses, as well as hosting a number of civic functions. 

    To invite the Chair to your event, please contact the Chair's Office on 01246 217003.

    Whilst in office, the Chair is given the opportunity to raise funds for a charity, Councillor Smith has chosen The Elm Foundation and Sexual Abuse Service and Sheffield Hospitals Charity the Spinal Cord Injury Centre.


    Cllr Smith has chosen to raise money for The Elm Foundation and Sexual Abuse Service because of the valuable work they do helping vulnerable women, men and children in our area. The Elm Foundation and Sexual Abuse Service is a specialist and experienced provider of domestic abuse services. Its primary purpose is to support all victims of domestic abuse in the local area. It was established in 1985 when it opened its first refuge.

    While Sheffield Hospitals Charity the Spinal Cord Injury Centre was chosen after Cllr Smith’s best friend suffered a spinal injury following a car accident and spent eight months in the centre. The Spinal Cord Injury Centre, based at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital, treats patients who have injured their spinal cord and is the second largest specialist centre in the country.

     Each year over 8,500 patients visit the centre from across Derbyshire, Sheffield and South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. A number of events will now take place over the coming months to raise money for the two charities.


    To invite the Chair to your event, please contact the Chair's Office on 01246 217003.



  • Committees, Agendas and Minutes Open or Close

    This section of the site provides you with agendas, reports and minutes of the main meetings of the Council, and also provides a guide to the decisions the Council has taken and is planning to take in the future.

    You can view minutes and agendas in our document library here

    Also, if you would like to view Agendas and Minutes from Derbyshire County Council, then please go to  Derbyshire County Council's Meetings & Decisions section of their website and then choose the relevant Committee.

  • Community Governance Reviews Open or Close

    The Council can undertake a review for example, to establish a new parish council, or to revise parish boundaries where there have been significant changes in population, or to react to a specific new or local issue.  

    Community Governance Reviews may also be triggered by local people presenting a petition to the Council.  For a petition to be valid it must meet specified criteria which includes:

    • It should define the area to which the review relates on a map or otherwise and refer to identifiable fixed boundaries;
    • It must specify one or more proposed recommendations for review;
    • It  must contain the requisite number of signatures of people included on the electoral register for the affected area.  For an area of less than 500 local electors - 50%, for an area with between 500 and 2,500 local electors - at least 250, for an area with more than 2,500 electors - at least 10%.

    Whenever a Community Governance Review is undertaken, we will publish the Terms of Reference and carry out public consultation before putting forward recommendations for Council to approve a Community Governance Order.  The process should normally take no more than 12 months to conclude, however any boundary changes will not come into effect until the next election has taken place for the affected parish(es).

  • Constitution Open or Close

    We have adopted a Constitution which sets out how we operate and how we make decisions. 

    Our constitution is in several parts:- 

    • In Part 1 is a Summary of the Constitution;

    • In Part 2 are 12 articles which explain how key parts of the Council work; 

    • In Part 3 are details about who can do what in the Council;

    • In Part 4 are detailed rules about how particular things operate; 

    • In Part 5 are codes and protocols about how Councillors and staff should behave and details of what Councillors can be paid; 

    • In Part 6 is an A – Z of the Constitution where the meanings of particular words within the Constitution are given. 

    A full copy of our Constitution (1.56MB) is available to download.

  • Councillors Open or Close

    Councillors - Who We Are

    Cabinet - Who We Are

    To find your local councillor, please use the My Councillor button on this page. You can search by Ward or simply enter your postcode.

  • Councillors Allowances Open or Close

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with regulation 16 of the above regulations that North East Derbyshire District Council has made its Members’ Allowance Scheme for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

    In accordance with regulation 19 the Scheme has been made having regard to the recommendations of the Independent Remuneration Panel in its reports in March 2017.  Schedule One below shows the main features of the Panel’s and the Authority’s response to each one. Schedules Two and Three show the main features of the Scheme and the amounts payable to Members in respect of each allowance.  Copies of the Members Allowance Scheme may be inspected at the principal office of the Council at 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, during normal office hours - Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.  Records of payments made under the Scheme may be inspected at the above-mentioned principal office however the documents are available to view below.  Members of the public may take copies of such documents on payment of such reasonable fee as the Council may determine.



    Authority’s response, given at time scheme was approved

    That a singular 1% increase be adopted to all Special Responsibility Allowances and the Basic Allowance commencing 1 April 2017 for the current year only.




    Annual Amount

    Annual Basic Allowance payable to each member

    £   5,223.03

    Annual Special Responsibility Allowances:


    £ 18,133.97

    Deputy Leader

    £ 13,030.74

    Cabinet Members

    £   8,311.14       

    Scrutiny Committee Chair and Standards Committee Chair

    £   3,967.92

    Scrutiny Committee Vice Chair, Standards Committee Vice Chair and Planning Vice Chair

    £   1,319.86

    Planning  Committee Chair

    £   7,935.82

    Council Chair

    £   5,013.59

    Council Vice Chair

    £     834.04

    Main Opposition Group Leader

    £   5,013.59

    The mileage allowances payable (approved duties below)

    45 pence per mile

    Annual Co-optees Allowance

    £     516.11

    Childcare or dependents allowances to be payable

    £7.05 per hour




    1. Meetings of the Council, Committees, Cabinet, Advisory Groups, pre-agenda meetings, briefings or other meetings invited to by an officer

    2. Meetings of outside bodies, appointed to as the Council’s representative

    3. A Member Development conference or seminar

    4. Evidence gathering activity undertaken by a scrutiny committee.

    5. Any hearing or tribunal asked to attend to give evidence

    6. Chair and Vice Chair – any duties connected with their role as the Council’s civic ambassador and one day per week to sign legal documents

    7. Specified number of days per week in connection with council business for Cabinet members, chairs and vice chairs of scrutiny committees, the chair of standards committee and the leader of the minority groups.

    Further details of the Members Allowances Scheme can be found within the Council’s Constitution.

    Below is a list of allowances and expenses paid to Members for the following years:





  • Councillors Code of Conduct Open or Close

    Councillors are subject to a Code of Conduct which governs their behaviour when carrying out official duties. This Code forms part of our Constitution.

    The Code of Conduct covers matters such as declarations of interest, treating others with respect, not bringing the Council into disrepute. If you have concern about the conduct of a councillor (District, Parish or Town Council) and you think they have breached the Code, you are entitled to make a complaint. This should be done in writing using a complaint form and sent to the Monitoring Officer, North East Derbyshire District Council, Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Derbyshire, S42 6NG. The complainant should ensure that they have clearly identified the breaches of the Code they are alleging against the Councillor. The complaint cannot be about a Council decision or service delivery issue. We have produced a summary of the complaints process for ease of understanding.

    Complaints are assessed by the Monitoring Officer who is responsible for deciding how each complaint is dealt with. The Monitoring Officer will decide, following consultation with an independent person, if the complaint is within the jurisdiction of the Code and if there should be an investigation, or if other action should be taken to address the complaint or the conduct of the Member, or if no further action is to be taken.

    If a complaint is investigated it may lead to a Standards Committee Hearing and a sanction against the councillor concerned.

  • Delegated Decisions Open or Close

    Delegated Decisions

    The following executive decisions have been made by officers under delegated powers.

    They are recorded and published in accordance with the Local Authority (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.

    You can view the delegated decisions in our document library here


  • Key Decisions Open or Close

    Key Decisions

    A Key Decision is an executive decision which is likely to:

    • Result in the Authority incurring expenditure which is, or the making of savings which are, significant having regard to the Authority's budget for the service or function to which the decision relates; or

    • Be significant in terms of its effects on communities living or working in an area comprising two or more wards within the District.

    Please find the latest key decisions made by clicking here.

  • MPs and MEPs Open or Close
  • Petitions Open or Close

    North East Derbyshire District Council has adopted a Petitions Scheme which sets out how the Council will respond to petitions that fall within the scope of the scheme.

    The Petitions Scheme is available to view here.

    To view the recent petitions received by the Council and the action taken please click here.

    For more information on Petitions, please contact the Governance Manager on (01246 217753) or email the Monitoring Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Scrutiny Open or Close

    Overview and Scrutiny helps to inform the Council’s decision making and policy development, and drive improvement in public services. It does this by monitoring the work of the council and making recommendations on the way services are provided.

    An Annual Report is published each year, which takes a look back at the work of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees for the past 12 months. 

    Annual Scrutiny Report 2016-17

    Annual Scrutiny Report 2015-16

    Annual Scrutiny Report 2014-15

    Annual Scrutiny Report 2013-14

    Audit and Corporate Governance Scrutiny Committee
    The Members of the Audit & Governance Scrutiny Committee are as follows;

    Cllr B Barnes Cllr G Butler Cllr S J Ellis Cllr A Garrett Cllr G Hopkinson
    Cllr G Morley - Chair Cllr D Skinner - Chair Cllr Mrs C A Smith - Vice Chair Cllr M E Thacker  

    The relevant documents for each meeting of the Audit and Corporate Governance Scrutiny Committee can be found here

    Communities Scrutiny Committee

    The Communities Scrutiny Committee has responsibility for scrutinising issues relating to:-

    • Statutory Crime and Disorder
    • Community Safety
    • Leisure
    • Health and Well Being
    • Street Scene
    • Environment Health (including Licensing)
    • Inclusion
    • Equality
    • Housing Management
    • Emergency Planning
    • Estates and Property

     The members of the Communities Scrutiny Committee are:-  

    Councillor W Armitage Councillor B Barnes Councillor L Blanshard Councillor M Foster  
    Councillor C Hunt Councillor T Reader - Chair Councillor L Robinson Councillor C Tite - Vice Chair  

     The relevant douments for each meeting of the Communities Scrutiny Committee can be viewed here.

    Growth Scrutiny Committee

    The Growth Scrutiny has responsibility for scrutinising issues relating to:- 

    • Local Enterprise Partnership and Combined Authorities
    • Business/Economy
    • Economic Development
    • Regeneration
    • Asset Management
    • Planning
    • Tourism
    • Partnerships
    • Strategic Housing - Housing Strategy

    The members of the Growth Scrutiny Committee are:- 

    Councillor S Boyle Councillor C Cupit Councillor S Cornwell Councillor A Powell Councillor B Rice
    Councillor C Smith  Councillor R Smith - Vice Chair Councillor K Tait Councillor J Windle - Chair  

    The relevant douments for each meeting of the Communities Scrutiny Committee can be viewed here.

    Organisation Scrutiny Committee

    The Organisation Scrutiny Committee has responsibility for scrutinising issues relating to:- 

    • Audit
    • Communication and Consultation
    • Customer Services
    • Finance
    • Governance
    • Human Resources
    • ICT
    • Legal
    • Procurement
    • Revenue and Benefits
    • Scrutiny
    • Strategy and Performance
    • Shared Services
    • Commissioning/De-Commissioning Services
    • Self Regulation
    • Transformation Programme
    • Employees 

    The members of the Organisation Scrutiny Committee are:- 

    Councillor J Barry Councillor A Dale Councillor B Lewis Councillor T Mansbridge - Vice Chair Councillor B Ridgway
    Councillor L Robinson Councillor R Welton Councillor J Windle Councillor B Wright  Councillor D Skinner - Chair

    The relevant douments for each meeting of the Communities Scrutiny Committee can be viewed here.

    Scrutiny Reviews

    Each year, the Overview and Scrutiny Committees carry out a number of themed reviews. Please use the links below to view by year.

    2016 / 2017

    A61 Scrutiny Review The Impact of Town Centre Environments on Community Safety


    2015 / 2016

    Environmental Despoilment Scrutiny Report 2015/16 Vacant Land Scrutiny Review Report 2015/16
    Performance Related Pay Scrutiny Review 2015/16 Admin arrangements Scrutiny Review 2015/16
    Safeguarding Arrangements Review 2015/16  

    2014 / 2015

    Anti Social Behaviour and Young People Scrutiny Mental Health Services Scrutiny Review
    Working with Parish and Town Councils Scrutiny Review  

    2013 / 2014

    The Allocations Experience Scrutiny Review The Relationship Between the Council and Rykneld Homes Scrutiny Review
    Tourism Scrutiny Review  

    2012 / 2013

    Child Poverty Scrutiny Review Joint ICT Service Scrutiny Review
    Welfare Reforms Scrutiny Review  

    2011 / 2012

    Income Generation Scrutiny Review Safeguarding Children Scrutiny Review


    If you have a specific enquiry regarding our Scrutiny Committees that is not answered on these webpages, please complete the general enquiry form on the Contact Us button above ,or contact us using the contact details on the right of this page. 

Committee, Governance & Constitution contacts

  • Tel: 01246 217057
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