Complaints about the conduct of councillors are outside the scope of this council's complaints policy and procedure, but are dealt with under the Members’ Code of Conduct.
In accordance with the Localism Act 2011 the council must have in place "arrangements" under which allegations that a Member may have breached the Code of Conduct can be investigated and under which, decisions on allegations can be made.
The Monitoring Officer has responsibility for undertaking the initial decision on whether a complaint requires investigation, subject to consultation with the Designated Independent Person and the ability to refer particular complaints to the Governance Committee, where the Monitoring Officer feels that it would be inappropriate for him to take a decision on it.
Further information on how to make a complaint that a Member of this Authority had failed to comply with the Code of Conduct and on how the authority will deal with allegations of a failure to comply with the Code can be found on the links below.
All complaints should now be made to the Council direct.
Find out information about the Council's ethical and governance framework, including Codes of Conduct for Members and Officers of the Council and information about Governance Committee please see the link at the bottom of the page.