New CPA constitution

Please find below the new constitution agreed at our annual general meeting for 2015, and the former constitution which it replaces.


Second constitution of the Cambridge People's Assembly

As of January 2016, this document is no longer current.

  1. Name of the organisation
  2. Aims and objectives
  3. Membership
  4. Affiliation
  5. Annual general meeting
  6. Organising meetings
  7. Recall of officers
  8. Finance
  9. Powers
  10. Review of the constitution
  11. Dissolution

1. Name of the organisation

1.1. The name of the organisation shall be the Cambridge People's Assembly Against Austerity, also to be called the Cambridge People's Assembly (CPA).

2. Aims and objectives

2.1. The CPA is a local branch of the national People's Assembly, which has been set up to campaign against the political programme of austerity.

2.2. The CPA recognises that austerity will only be defeated if those that oppose cuts work together. It therefore aims to bring together and support individuals, organisations, community campaigns and trade unions to build a collective force for social change and a united resistance against austerity.

2.3. The CPA is open to support and affiliation from political parties, but will remain non-party-political and will refrain from direct involvement in election campaigns.

2.4. The CPA believes that unity is impossible if discrimination is unchallenged. It therefore will not work with any organisation or individual that espouses racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, ableism or discrimination of any kind. It recognises the need to make every effort to represent all areas of society, and to diversify and broaden its membership to include ethnic minorities and people with additional needs.

3. Membership

3.1. Any individual may become a member of the CPA upon payment of a membership fee for that calendar year, and a fee shall be due from her or him in each calendar year thereafter.

3.2. Members shall receive proper notification of CPA activities.

4. Affiliation

4.1. Any association may affiliate to the CPA with its permission, and no fee shall be payable for affiliation.

4.2. The CPA shall support any and all action by an affiliated organisation that matches its constitutional aims and objectives and its agreed policies.

4.3. Affiliates shall receive proper notification of CPA activities.

5. Annual general meeting

5.1. The sovereign body of the CPA is the annual general meeting (AGM). It shall:

  • 5.1.1. be held annually in the month of January;
  • 5.1.2. be the only body with the power to amend the constitution;
  • 5.1.3. elect as officers a secretary, chair, and treasurer;
  • 5.1.4. set a membership fee for the year;
  • 5.1.5. determine the direction and main policies of the CPA for the year.

5.2. Only paid-up members may vote in the AGM, although anyone may attend.

6. Organising meetings

6.1. An organising meeting shall be held at least once a month.

6.2. Only paid-up members may vote in an organising meeting, although anyone may attend.

7. Recall of officers

7.1. If an officer fails to attend three consecutive meetings, she or he may be recalled by the vote of any meeting.

8. Finance

8.1. All the monies raised by the CPA shall be applied to further its aims and objectives. The treasurer shall keep proper accounts of the finance of the organisation and shall maintain a bank account.

8.2. The CPA shall bank at a place suitable for access for the treasurer.

8.3. Two signatures from a stated list of three (normally the secretary, chair, and treasurer) shall be required to withdraw money from the CPA's account.

8.4. Members shall be reimbursed expenses incurred whilst undertaking approved business on behalf of the CPA.

8.5. The treasurer shall ensure that all accounts are independently examined at the end of each year and available to all members and affiliates at the AGM or on request.

9. Powers

9.1. In order to achieve its aims and objectives the CPA may:

  • 9.1.1. raise money;
  • 9.1.2. open bank accounts;
  • 9.1.3. work with similar organisations and exchange information and advice.

10. Review of the constitution

10.1. A review shall take place in an organising meeting six months after the constitution is adopted, and by exception to section 5.1.2 above, that meeting shall also have the power to amend the constitution.

11. Dissolution

11.1. The CPA may be wound up if agreed by two-thirds of the members of at least a year's standing present at an AGM. In the event of winding up, any assets after debts have been paid shall be donated to another group with similar aims, to be decided at the AGM.

7 January 2015


First constitution of the Cambridge People's Assembly

As of January 2015, this document is no longer current.

1. There shall be a Cambridge People's Assembly Against Austerity, an association which shall meet with the object to campaign against public austerity.

2. The membership of the association shall be unlimited and free. A member shall be any friendly person who attends a meeting.

3. Each member shall have one vote on any motion put to a meeting. A motion shall be decided by a majority of votes in a show of hands, in a meeting of at least ten members (to be called an ordinary decision).

4. There shall be at least three standing members elected by the ordinary decisions of meetings to the roles of chair, secretary, and treasurer. Each role may be shared by two members. Any standing member may be removed by the ordinary decision of a meeting.

5. Any money raised shall be held in a bank account in the name of the association, on which the chair, secretary, and treasurer may act where instructed by a meeting. Two of these shall sign any cheque drawn on the account. The treasurer shall keep a record of the finances of the association, which any member may see.

6. The association shall meet once a month at one week's notice, unless by the ordinary decision of a meeting.

7. This constitution may be altered or replaced by the ordinary decision of a meeting.

8. This constitution shall lapse after the meeting in November 2013.

4 September 2013

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