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.
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.
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.