Seven Councillors in political balance.
Chair appointed by Council annually.
The Vice Chair to be appointed by the
Committee, and to be from a different political group from the
Terms of Reference:
To assist the Council in fulfilling its duty under
the Localism Act 2011 to promote and maintain high standards of
conduct by members and co-opted members of the Council.
To advise the Council on the adoption or revision of
its Code of Conduct.
To monitor and advise the Council about the
operation of its Code of Conduct in the light of best practice and
any changes in the law.
To approve the arrangements for dealing with
allegations that a Councillor or a Parish Councillor within the
District has failed to comply with the relevant Councillors’
Code of Conduct.
To determine whether a Councillor or Parish
Councillor has failed to comply with the relevant Code of
Where the Committee finds that a failure to comply with the Code of Conduct
has occurred, to determine what action, if any, to take and to
apply the sanction or recommend to Council to apply an appropriate
To assist the Council with the appointment of
Independent Persons as required by the Localism Act
To determine any request for a dispensation under
Section 33 of the Localism Act 2011, where not determined by the
Monitoring Officer or to appeal against a determination by the
To advise the Council on, and review as necessary,
arrangements for dealing with complaints or any local protocols
regulating the conduct of Councillors and to deal with
allegations of breach of any such protocol.
To consider reports referred by the Monitoring
Officer, including the Annual Governance Statement submitted to the
To respond, on behalf of the Council, to national
reviews and consultations on standards related issues.
To consider and make recommendations to the Council
on any other matter that may be referred
to the Standards Committee relating to the conduct of
To ensure decisions are politically