The Audit and Standards Committee of Stratford-on-Avon District Council has strategic responsibility for overseeing standards of conduct for councillors across the district.
The Monitoring Officer is responsible for receiving and assessing individual complaints of councillor misconduct for SDC and all town and parish councils within the district, regardless of which code has been adopted.
To make a complaint you need to download, complete and submit the complaint form to the Monitoring Officer. Alternatively, if you need a paper copy please write to: Monitoring Officer, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HX; telephone 01789 260403; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Monitoring Officer will assess the complaint in line with the Complaints Procedure and make a decision as to whether the complaint requires a formal investigation after giving an opportunity for the councillor to comment and having taken into account the view of our two Independent Persons.
SDC and other principal councils are required by law to appoint at least one Independent Person, who is required to provide their views to the Monitoring Officer on complaints against councillors. Their Role Description and Protocol between the Monitoring Officer and the Independent Persons are available.
In a case where it is established through a formal investigation that there is a breach of a code of conduct and the Monitoring Officer is unable to resolve the matter through a local resolution, a panel of councillors (a Determination Panel using Determination Procedures) drawn from the Audit and Standards Committee may be convened to conduct a formal hearing into the issues.