Complaints about conduct of Councillors - Members' code of
The Council has a Code of Conduct that sets out the rules
governing the behaviour of its Members. All elected Councillors,
co-opted and independent members of the Council with voting rights
(collectively called "Members") , are covered by this Code and are
expected to follow it. A copy of the revised Code of
Conduct which has been adopted by the Council (PDF 128
The Code of Conduct covers areas of individual behaviour such as
Members abusing their position or misusing the Council's resources.
In addition, there are rules governing disclosure of interests and
withdrawal from meetings where Members have relevant interests.
Members are also required to record their disclosable pecuniary
The Council has appointed a Standards and Ethics Committee to
promote and maintain a high standard of conduct by Members. It is
made up of elected Councillors and 3 independent people (who are
neither Councillors nor employees within local government).
If you feel that a Member has breached the County Council's Code
of Conduct you will need to refer your complaint in writing to
Simon Mallinson, Head of Legal and Democratic Services and
Monitoring Officer, Worcestershire County Council, County Hall,
Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP, 01905 766670 or Smallinson@worcestershire.gov.uk.
Your complaint must relate to the Code of Conduct and the
behaviour of Worcestershire County Council Members. It must state
the nature of the alleged breach and provide sufficient information
to allow the sub-committee to decide whether the complaint should
be formally investigated as a potential breach of the Code.
Please use the standard complaint form
available (PDF 26 KB).
NB Complaints about Council Staff, matters not covered by the
Code of Conduct, the way the Council has or has not done something,
and decisions of the Council and services it provides cannot be
dealt with under this process.
Complaints that a Member has breached the Code of Conduct will
be reviewed by the monitoring officer in consultation with the
Independent person (as appropriate) and referred to a Hearing
Sub-Committee of the Standards and Ethics Committee where
appropriate. A member has a right of appeal against a finding
of a breach of the code which will be heard by an Appeals
If you wish to discuss your complaint, please contact Simon
Mallinson as set out above.
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