All councils are required to establish a Standards Committee as part of an ethical framework for public authorities following the Local Government Act 2000. The Standards Committee deals with Councillors standards and behaviour. It advises on a local Code of Conduct, hears cases on potential breaches, grants dispensations in certain circumstances and hears complaints that have been referred by the Monitoring Officer.
Code of Conduct:
Every Council is required to adopt a Code of Conduct that sets out the rules governing the behaviour of its members. All elected or co-opted members of the Council are covered by the code. Islington’s Code of Conduct is available in Part 6 of the Council’s Constitution.
The Monitoring Officer is appointed under Section 5 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and has a number of statutory functions in addition to those recently conferred under the Local Government Act 2000 and subsequent regulations governing local investigations into member conduct. Complaints can be made to the Council’s Monitoring Officer by filling out a Complaint Form.
Standards Committee procedures:
The Standards Committee has adopted procedures governing the process of initial assessment of complaints, investigation and hearing of complaints. Any person can make a complaint that a Councillor or co-opted member has breached the Code of Conduct. It is important to remember, however, that complaints about the policies or performance of the Council or an individual Councillor does not fall under the Code.
The Standards Committee will only meet as and when necessary and there are therefore no meetings programmed. Any meetings arranged will show in the list of meetings.
There are some complaints we cannot investigate, including:
Local authorities must appoint at least one ‘independent person’ to advise the council before it makes a decision on an allegation. The Council appointed Rosalind Stevens as Independent Person on Standards Committee for a 4 year term of office on 15 September 2016.
If you have any questions please contact:
Democratic Services Manager
Telephone: 020 7527 3184