Complaints about councillors

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

We've adopted our own Code of Conduct for Members to make sure 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 making sure that the Code of Conduct is followed. We've appointed 2 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.

We've also got a Standards Committee to promote high standards of conduct by 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

You can make a complaint about a councillor or co-opted member if you feel they've breached the Code of Conduct.

You can find the complaint form and a complaints guide on the Code of Conduct document page.