Council & Democracy

Welcome to the Council and Democracy section. Here you can find general information about the Council, a profile of each of our 49 councillors and a copy of the Council's constitution. There is also a section containing all information on committee and council meetings. This includes dates, times and venues as well as giving access to agendas and minutes. There is also information on Scrutiny and the Code of Conduct and contact details for all the town and parish councils within Breckland.

Committee Meetings

The Council operates under a Leader and Cabinet system. Meetings are generally open to the public, although there may be items on the agenda from which the press and public will be excluded for reasons of confidentiality. Further details about the responsibilities of each committee are available in the Council's Constitution.


The Council's Constitution (Revised January 2016) sets out: •How the Council operates. •How decisions are made. •The procedures which are followed to ensure that the Council is efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. The Constitution is divided into 7 parts which set out the rules governing the Council's business.


The Council's Overview & Scrutiny Commission aims to improve the services that you use by monitoring, questioning and making recommendations on the way services are provided and decisions taken.

Town & Parish Councils

Breckland Council is a district composed of 112 Parishes.

Data Protection Act

The Data Protection Act 1998 and any subsequent amendments regulates the way in which personal information about individuals is obtained stored, used and disclosed.

The Council

The Council is composed of 49 councillors elected every four years. Councillors are democratically accountable to the residents of their ward or electoral division.

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was introduced to make all levels of government more open to the public.

Compliments, Comments and Feedback

Corporate Compliments, Comments and Feedback - The views of our residents, service users and customers are important to us.

Code of Conduct

Breckland Council's Code of Conduct sets out the rules governing the behaviour of it's Members.