Complaints about councillors

All councils are responsible for promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct for councillors and co-opted members.

We have adopted our own Code of Conduct for Members to ensure that its elected members and co-opted members declare interests. This may conflict with the business of the council and act in accordance with the following principles:

  • selflessness;
  • integrity;
  • objectivity;
  • accountability;
  • openness;
  • honesty;
  • leadership.

Our Monitoring Officer is responsible for ensuring that the Code of Conduct is followed. We have appointed two Independent Persons whose views will be sought and taken into account before any decision is made following investigation of an allegation of breach of the Code of Conduct.

In addition, we have a Standards Committee to promote high standards of conduct amongst local politicians and monitor the effectiveness of the Code of Conduct for Members (PDF 105Kb). And a sub committee to conduct hearings into certain allegations of breach of the Code.

Details of the Standards Committee, including the members and the Independent Persons are available on the Council's democracy website.

Making a Complaint

Any person can make a complaint about a councillor of co-opted member if they feel they have breached the Code of Conduct.