Maintaining high standards
Local councils have a legal duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by their members.
As part of this, councils must abide by a code of conduct and involve an Independent Person in allegations of misconduct. Failing to declare or register interests is now a criminal offence.
Any allegations are dealt with locally, following advice from the monitoring officer or legal team. Powers might include censure or the removal of a member from a committee, but the authority can't disqualify or suspend members.
We've appointed two Independent Persons and one substitute. We seek their views in dealing with complaints about alleged code of conduct breaches. Any councillor who's the subject of a complaint may seek the views of the Independent Person.
You can make a complaint about a potential breach of the code of conduct by a district or town/parish councillor by filling in the following form:
Standards hearing panel: Notice of decisions
Any decisions from the Standards Hearing Panel will be listed on this page. There are currently no decision notices to view.