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Produced in partnership with Peter Keith-Lucas of Bevan Brittan
This Protocol describes the principal functions of the Monitoring Officer and the manner in which the authority expects him/her to discharge those functions.
The principal functions of the Monitoring Officer shall be:
to report to the Council and to the Executive in any case where he/she is of the opinion that any proposal, decision or proposal of the authority in respect of any ‘reportable incident’ (being any matter which, in his/her opinion, has given rise to or is likely to or would give rise to any illegality, maladministration or breach of statutory code under sections 5 and 5A of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989);
to investigate any matter which he/she has reason to believe may constitute, or where he/she has received an allegation that a matter may constitute, a reportable incident or a failure to observe the authority’s Code of Conduct for Members;
to act as the principal adviser to the authority’s Standards Committee;
to maintain the Register of Members’ Interests;
to act as the proper officer for the preparation, publication and retention of records of decisions taken by or on behalf of the Council and the Executive;
responsibility for Complaints, Local Commissioner and Whistle-Blowing functions of
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