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Standards and the Councillors' Code of Conduct
The Standards Committee was established as a requirement under the Localism Act 2011. Its principal role is to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by District and Parish Councillors. The Committee comprises four District Councillors and two co-opted, non voting, Parish Council members.
Their Notifications of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests can be accessed here.
The Committee has many roles including hearing reports into investigations of Councillor Misconduct which are undertaken on behalf of the Council's Monitoring Officer under the Council's Arrangements for dealing with Councillor Misconduct.
The full Terms of Reference for the Committee are included in the Council's constitution.
What the Committee and the Monitoring Officer cannot do.
Occasionally, the Monitoring Officer receives complaints about the governance of Parish Councils (i.e. the way they are run). The Committee does not have the power to look into these complaints unless they allege that Members may have breached the Code of Conduct.
Information relating to the governance of Parish Councils can be obtained from WALC – the Warwickshire and West Midlands Association of Local Councils – telephone 01789 472616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.walc.org.uk
Further useful links:-
- Code of Conduct – for District and Parish/Town Councillors
- Complaints form
- Arrangements for dealing with complaints of Councillor Misconduct
- Decision Notices – the outcomes of hearings of the Committee
- Notifications of Interest for District Councillors
- Notifications of Interest for Parish Council representatives
- The Constitution