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The standards committee
North Yorkshire County Council has a standards committee which promotes high standards of conduct in the Council. The committee assists and advises members and the Council on ethical issues, monitors the operation of the Council's code of conduct for members; and, where necessary, determines complaints that members may have breached the code.
All elected members and voting co-opted members must follow the code and if they are found to have breached it then they can face sanction by the standards committee. A failure to comply with the interests' regime may also amount to a criminal offence.
Complaints of breach of code
The responsibility for receiving and assessing complaints that a member may have breached the members' code of conduct lies with the monitoring officer, in consultation with the independent person for standards.
What this means is that if you want to complain about the conduct of a member of North Yorkshire County Council, you must submit your complaint, in writing using the Council's complaint form [115kb] [word], to:
The monitoring officer
The standards committee can only deal with complaints about the behaviour of a member which falls within the scope of the members' code of conduct. If you make a complaint under the standards framework, it must be about why you think a member has not followed the code.
The Council's standards committee has five elected council members. They are:
Also invited to meetings of the committee are:
The independent persons for standards are consulted on all key standards issues.
The standards committee has the following responsibilities:
The monitoring officer will assess a complaint in consultation with the independent person for standards, in accordance with agreed local assessment criteria and will decide whether or not a complaint merits formal investigation or other action. The assessment criteria can be accessed here [14kb] [pdf].
The procedure which the standards committee hearing panel will follow in discharging its functions in relation to the determination of complaints can be accessed in the North Yorkshire County Council standards arrangements document [20kb] [pdf].
The standards committee is supported in its work to uphold high ethical standards by the Council's monitoring officer, who has a key role in relation to the ethical agenda. View further information about the monitoring officer here.
The standards committee agenda, reports and minutes are available from the minutes, agendas and reports section. If you have any queries regarding a meeting, please contact:
Telephone: 0845 034 9494.