Model arrangements for dealing with standards allegations under the Localism Act 2011
Produced in partnership with Peter Keith-Lucas of Bevan Brittan
Model arrangements for dealing with standards allegations under the Localism Act 2011

The following Local Government precedent produced in partnership with Peter Keith-Lucas of Bevan Brittan provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Model arrangements for dealing with standards allegations under the Localism Act 2011
  • 1 Context
  • 2 The Code of Conduct
  • 3 Making a complaint
  • 4 Will your complaint be investigated?
  • 5 How is the investigation conducted?
  • 6 What happens if the investigating officer concludes that there is no evidence of a failure to comply with the code of conduct?
  • 7 What happens if the investigating officer concludes that there is evidence of a failure to comply with the code of conduct?
  • 8 What action can the hearings panel take where a member has failed to comply with the Code of Conduct?
  • 9 What happens at the end of the hearing?
  • More...

    1. 1

      Context

      These ‘Arrangements’ set out how you may make a complaint that an elected or co-opted member of this authority [or of a parish council within its area] has failed to comply with the authority’s Code of Conduct, and sets out how the authority will deal with allegations of a failure to comply with the authority’s Code of Conduct.

      Under section 28(6) and (7) of the Localism Act 2011, the Council must have in place ‘arrangements’ under which allegations that a member or co-opted member of the authority [or of a parish council within the authority’s area], or of a Committee or Sub-Committee of the authority, has failed to comply with that authority’s Code of Conduct can be investigated and decisions made on such allegations.

      Such arrangements must provide for the authority to appoint at least one Independent Person, whose views must be sought by the authority before it takes a decision on an allegation which it has decided shall be investigated, and whose views can be sought by the authority at any other stage, or by a member [or a member or co-opted member of a parish council] against whom an allegation as been made.

    1. 2

      The Code of Conduct

      The Council has adopted a Code of Conduct for members, which is attached as Appendix 1 o these arrangements and available for inspection on the authority’s website

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