Standards and Complaints

Standards and Complaints

The Code of Conduct for Members

The Council has adopted a Code of Conduct which describes the standards of behaviour that the Community may expect of those holding the office of a Member of Council.  This includes elected Members of Council and individuals who are co-opted onto the council to sit on Council Committees as “Co-opted members”.  An example of a Committee which includes a number of co-opted members is the Health and Wellbeing Board. 

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 The Role of the Monitoring Officer in relation to the Code of Conduct

Every local authority must appoint a Monitoring Officer.  As well as other duties the Monitoring Officer has a key role in promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct amongst Members of the authority.  This includes providing guidance to Members of the Council to help them to follow the Code of Conduct as well as the Council’s other rules and procedures.  At Hull City Council the Monitoring Officer is the Town Clerk.

The Director of Legal Services & Partnerships (Monitoring Officer), Ian Anderson, Barrister-at-Law, MBA

Any complaint in relation to the conduct of a Member is referred to the Monitoring Officer to consider and resolve.  Where the complaint includes information which requires an investigation into the Member’s conduct, the Monitoring Officer investigates the issues raised and consults the Independent Person before making a decision upon whether or not to uphold the complaint.  If the Monitoring Officer upholds the complaint it is referred it to the member’s Group Leader, or where the Member is not a member of a political group on the Council, the Member directly to consider.  Upheld complaints are published on the Council’s website. 

The Monitoring Officer also considers whether to grant a dispensation to allow a Member of Members to speak and vote on a matter, albeit that the Member or Members has/have a Discloseable Pecuniary Interest.  Before doing so, the Monitoring Officer will consult the Independent Person - Dispensations

The Role of the Independent Person in relation to the Code of Conduct

The Council is also required to appoint an Independent Person to consider the Council’s response to complaints against members of Council.  The Council has appointed an Independent Person.  The views of the Independent Person are sought by the Monitoring Officer and taken into account when investigating an allegation against a Member.  A Member or co-opted Member may also consult the Independent Person in relation to the Code of Conduct. 

The Independent Person also is consulted by the Monitoring Officer prior to considering whether to grant a dispensation to allow a Member of Members to speak and vote on a matter, albeit that the Member or Members has a Discloseable Pecuniary Interest.

Independent Person: Mr Phillip Wilson

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Decisions upon Complaints:

Where the Monitoring Officer has concluded that there has been a breach of the Code of Conduct the decision is included in the Breaches of the Code folder below:

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Breaches of the Code