The Council welcomes participation by its citizens in its work and these rights are described in our constitution, known as the Newcastle Charter. You have the right to:

  • vote at local elections if you are registered;
  • contact your local councillor about any matters of concern to you,
  • obtain a copy of the Constitution,
  • attend meetings of the Council and its various committees except where, for example, personal or confidential matters are being discussed,
  • petition to request a referendum on a mayoral form of executive,
  • participate in the Council's question time and submit petitions and deputations to the Council,
  • find out, from the Cabinet's forward plan, what major decisions are to be discussed by the Cabinet or decided by the Cabinet or officers, and when,
  • attend meetings of the Cabinet where key decisions are being discussed or decided,
  • see reports and background papers, and any record of decisions made by the Council and Cabinet,
  • complain to the Council if you are dissatisfied with the standard of service provided by the Council,
  • complain to the Ombudsman if you think the Council has not followed its procedures properly - however, you should only do this after using the Council's own complaints process,
  • and inspect the Council's accounts and make your views known to the external auditor.

For further information, please contact:
Service Manager Democratic Services
Phone: 0191 211 5159
Fax: 0191 211 4942

Page last updated: 
25 April 2016
Was this page useful?