To promote and maintain high standards of conduct by
councillors, co-opted members and church and parent governor
representatives. The Standards Committee is required to
consider the Cooperative Council Principles so far as it may
lawfully do so when discharging its functions.
To advise the Council on the adoption or revision of
the Members’ Code of Conduct and associated local
To monitor and review the operation of the
Members’ Code of Conduct and associated local
To develop for recommendation to the Council local
protocols to supplement the Members’ Code of
To enforce local protocols and applying sanctions in
respect of breaches as appropriate.
To keep under review, amend and make additional
provisions to the Protocol on Member/Officer relations.
To discharge all of the functions in the Localism
Act 2011 (Part 1, Chapter 7, Standards) and all regulations made
there under that may be discharged by standards committees and to
appoint such sub-committees as may be required to discharge such
functions as may be delegated by the Standards Committee. (To be
reviewed to take account of the role of the Monitoring Officer and
To discharge all functions relating to the
determination of allegations that a member has failed, or may have
failed, to comply with the Council's Code of Conduct for Members
including, but not limited to, the appointment of sub-committees to
discharge such functions on its behalf. (To
be reviewed to take account of the role of the Monitoring Officer
and Independent Person).
Five councillors (five Labour), plus up to five non-voting co-opted
co-optee attendance is not applied when calculating
the quorum; and,
(20.06.12) that the rules on proportionality do not
The Council must appoint at
least one independent person, whose views are to be sought and
taken into account before any decision is made on an allegation
that the Members’ Code of Conduct may have been breached.
Independent person(s) will be sought by advertisement in the press.
Prospective candidates will be required to go through a recruitment
process led by the Chief Executive, who will recommend the
appointment/s to the Council. The Chief Executive may take into
account the extent to which prospective candidates understand the
Cooperative Council Principles and their application to the work of
the Council in making his/her recommendation.
An independent person must be
impartial and will not be appointed if:
s/he is, or has been during the previous 5 years, a
councillor, co-opted member or officer of the Council or is related
to, or is a close friend of a councillor, co-opted member or
officer of the Council. (Note that the reference to a
‘co-opted member’ does not include a former independent
member of the Council’s Standards Committee).
Co-opted members will not be
entitled to vote at the Standards Committee meetings