The title of the group is Bath & North East Somerset Independent Group, acronym BIG.
2. Aims and Objectives
The purpose of BIG is to make Bath&NES a 21st century model of living well - economically, socially and environmentally - to which other places aspire, by changing the way its local government works.
3. Beliefs and Behaviours
Supporters of BIG hold to the three following statements.
(i) The primary role of local government is to lead its community. That means enrolling all the locality - residents, workers, businesses, voluntary and community groups, other parts of the public sector such as the NHS and universities - in developing and realising a common ambition. Councils are best able to do this when independent of any national political party.
(ii) Effective councils:
(iii) BIG will succeed only if what it offers is plainly different from and better than perpetuating conventional politics. BIG will demonstrate that in the way it campaigns: that is also the way it will conduct the council. Members of BIG commit to five behaviours in relation to its work which make that possible:
5. Membership of CG
7. Management Committee
9. Membership of BIG
All financial activities of BIG will be conducted in accordance with the finance scheme approved by the CG and with statutory requirements. No-one other than a CG member may incur expenditure on behalf of BIG and CG members may incur expenditure only with the approval of the Treasurer.
BIG may be dissolved by decision of the CG. Any assets at that point will be distributed in accordance with arrangements recommended by the Treasurer and agreed by the CG, for example to a charity or party with similar aims.