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COUNCILLOR MISCONDUCT: PROPOSALS FOR LOCAL INVESTIGATIONS WELCOMED

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The Standards Board for England welcomes consultation* launched today by the government on the framework for local ...
The Standards Board for England welcomes consultation* launched today by the government on the framework for local investigations.

The regulations set the framework within which ethical standards officers pass back some investigations of alleged misconduct to a council's monitoring officer, to be resolved locally. In conjunction with this, The Standards Board for England is consulting on guidance for monitoring officers on how to undertake these duties.

The consultation seeks comments and feedback from local authorities and will run for a period of three months.

Anthony Holland, chair of The Standards Board for England, says:

'We welcome this period of consultation as an important step in strengthening our relationship with local authorities. We believe councils will welcome this responsibility, which underlines councillors' accountability at a local level.

'We have always said that many of the allegations we receive could be best dealt with at a local level and these regulations will allow us to make that happen.'

* Consultation details here.

Note

The Standards Board for England is responsible for promoting high ethical standards and investigating allegations that members' behaviour may have fallen short of the required standards.

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