Annual Report on Standards Arrangements
Report of Rob Walker, Executive Director of Place & Delivery and Monitoring Officer.
Rory Ringer, the Democratic Services Manager presented the report.
Members were provided with a brief overview of standards work that had taken place from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.
The number of complaints had decreased in comparison to the previous year and 3 cases had yet to be resolved. In response to a concern, a brief explanation of what the 13 cases related to in the previous year as well as the percentages within the table was provided.
Members found the table quite confusing, and it was agreed that a further column would be added in future.
Councillor Clarke asked when the next Standards review would be. Members were informed that the LGA Model Code of Conduct had recently been published and the guidance had now been received, the draft revised Code would be brought to a future meeting in due course. Training for all Members would then follow and would form part of the Member Induction programme in 2023.
Councillor Birt asked if any complaints related to complaints against members from members. The Democratic Services Manager explained that 90% were in respect of parish councillors, the number of internal councillor complaints was relatively small.
The report was otherwise noted.