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Standards committee

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The Council is required to set up a Standards Committee under the Local Government Act 2000.

The main role of the Standards Committee is to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by Members and to monitor the operation of the Council's Statutory Code of Conduct for Members.

Recent decision notices of the standards committee can be viewed at the foot of the page.

The Council is required by law to adopt a Code of Conduct for Members, which regulates the standards of conduct which Members must observe. A breach of this Code may be reported to the Standards Committee. Complaints about the conduct of Councillors are considered by a Sub-Committee of the Standards Committee known as the Local Assessment Panel. 

The Local Assessment Panel decides whether a complaint should be investigated. If the Local Assessment Panel decides that a complaint should be investigated it will normally ask the Council's statutory Monitoring Officer (the Council's Head of Legal Services) to arrange an investigation. In serious cases, the Local Assessment Panel may refer the complaint to Standards for England, a national body established by Parliament to oversee the conduct of local authority Councillors, who will then decide whether the complaint should be investigated. 

If the complaint is investigated locally and the investigation finds that there appears to have been a breach of the Code of Conduct for Members, the matter will be referred to another Sub-Committee of the Standards Committee, known as a Local adjudication Panel. 

The Local Adjudication Panel has power, if it finds there has been a breach of the Code of Conduct for Members, to impose a sanction on the Councillor concerned up to a maximum of 6 months suspension from membership of the Council. 

Serious cases may be referred to a national Case Tribunal (these also hear cases referred by Standards for England following investigations arranged by them). These have power to disqualify a Councillor from membership of any local authority for a period of up to 5 years.

The Council's Standards Committee consists of 10 Members of which 5 are elected Members and 5 are independent Members who are not connected with the Council. Independent Members are appointed for a period of 4 years.

Independent Members must be people who are not Councillors or employees of the Council, or relatives or friends of Councillors or employees of the Council.

The Chair and Vice Chair of the Standards Committee are both Independent Members.

The Standards Committee is non-party political and the elected Councillors on the Standards Committee will be drawn from all three political parties represented on the Council.

For details of the current membership of the Standards Committee please see Part 3 of our Constitution available to download below.

The Standards Committee meets approximately four times a year to consider such issues as the operation of the Code of Conduct, training for Members of the Council and consultation documents issued by the Government. These meetings are usually held at 6.00 p.m. in the evening. The Local Assessment Panel and the Local Adjudication Panel are likely to meet occasionally to hear allegations into the breaches of the Council's Code of Conduct for Members. Such meetings when held are likely to be held in the daytime.

An allowance of £1,250 per Financial Year (1 April-31 March) is payable to Independent Members (£2,500 in the case of the Chair). This is payable pro rata to Independent Members appointed after 1 April in any Financial Year.

 

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