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LOCAL STANDARD PROBES IN PIPELINE

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Councils will be able to investigate minor allegations against councillors within the next two months. ...
Councils will be able to investigate minor allegations against councillors within the next two months.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will lay orders before Parliament next month to allow the changes - part of the standards regime for members implemented after the Local Government Act 2000 - and they will come into effect 21 days later.

The new rules will see the Standards Board for England pass back some investigations of alleged misconduct to a council monitoring officer, to be resolved locally. There has been growing discontent with the time the board takes to probe complaints, which may be trivial, vexatious or politically motivated (LGC, 16 January). The new orders are expected to cut out a large swathe of the less serious complaints.
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