Consultation on Local Government Ethical Standards

The Committee on Standards in Public Life invites responses to its consultation to inform its review of local government ethical standards.  This consultation closes at 5pm on 18 May 2018.  Robust standards arrangements are needed to safeguard local democracy, maintain high standards of conduct, and to protect ethical practice in local government.  The terms of reference for the review are to:

  • examine the structures, processes and practices in local government in England for:      
    •     maintaining codes of conduct for local councillors
    •     investigating alleged breaches fairly and with due process
    •     enforcing codes and imposing sanctions for misconduct
    •     declaring interests and managing conflicts of interest
    •     whistleblowing
  • assess whether the existing structures, processes and practices are conducive to high standards of conduct in local government
  • make any recommendations for how they can be improved
  • note any evidence of intimidation of councillors, and make recommendations for any measures that could be put in place to prevent and address such intimidation

The review will consider all levels of local government in England including town and parish councils.

Further information can be found at:  www.gov.uk/government/consultations/local-government-ethical-standards-stakeholder-consultation