Councillor conduct, interests, allowances and complaints

Members Code of Conduct

We have a duty to ensure our elected members (councillors) and co-opted and independent members (lay people with expertise and experience appointed to sit on relevant committees) maintain high standards of conduct in office.

In line with the Localism Act 2011 we have adopted a code of conduct consistent with the seven 'Nolan' principles of standards in public life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability openness, honesty and leadership). It also follows the model recommended by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Members are expected to observe the code when carrying out their duties. The code also defines the requirements concerning the disclosure of interests and gifts and hospitality.

We will investigate any allegation that a member has failed to comply with the code and decide what action, if any, should be taken. If you feel that a member has breached the code and wish to make a formal complaint please see Make a complaint about a councillor.

We also have a standards committee which is responsible for the promotion and maintenance of high standards of conduct amongst our members and employees. For further details of the committee's functions and membership, and papers from past and forthcoming meetings, please visit the committee details.