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Councillor Code of Conduct

What happens next

Once we have received your complaint, we will provide you with a reference number.

The Councillor who is the subject of the complaint will be provided with a copy of the complaint and asked to provide a response to the allegations before it is investigated.

The Monitoring Officer will then undertake an initial assessment of whether there is a breach and consults the independent person. Together they decide on the next step:

  • that no action be taken
  • the issue may be dealt with by informal resolution, for example an apology from the councillor, training, mediation or other action
  • an investigator appointed

The investigator's report is considered by the Monitoring Officer and the Independent person who will conclude whether a formal hearing before the Standards Sub-Committee is required.

Last modified on 22 May 2023

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