Standards Board

Standards Board for England;

 

 Confidence in local democracy is a cornerstone of our way of life. It can only be achieved when elected and co-opted members of local authorities are seen to live up to the high standards the public has a right to expect from them.

The Standards Board for England is responsible for promoting high ethical standards and investigating allegations that members' behaviour may have fallen short of the required standards.

Code of Conduct;

 Every authority is required to adopt a Code of Conduct that sets out rules governing the behaviour of its members. All elected, co-opted and independent members of local authorities, including parish councils, fire, police and national park authorities, are covered by the Code.

There is a new Model Code of Conduct for members which was issued by the government on 4 April 2007.Each Code must include the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct approved by Parliament. Authorities can choose to add their own local rules to the Model Code if they wish, although most adopt the Model Code without additions.Authorities had until 5 May 2002 to adopt the Code of Conduct 2001. After this date the Model Code of Conduct 2001 was automatically applied to those who had not adopted the Code.Authorities now have until 1 October 2007 to adopt the Code of Conduct 2007. After 1 October, members of authorities that have not adopted the Code of Conduct 2007 will automatically be covered by it. The Code of Conduct 2001 will continue to apply until the local authority adopts the Code of Conduct 2007, or until 1 October 2007, whichever is sooner.The Codes of Conduct cover areas of individual behaviour such as members not abusing their position or not misusing their authority's resources. In addition, there are rules governing disclosure of interest and withdrawal from meetings where members have relevant interests. Members are also required to record their financial and other interests.

The above are extracts taken from the Standards Board for Englands web site;

http://www.standardsboard.gov.uk/

If you have any issue which you feel warents investigation or where you believe I have fallen below the standards required of the Office I hold as your elected representative you can get the appropriate advice from the Standards Board via the above link.