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Standards Board for England

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints were (a) made to, (b) investigated by, (c) dismissed by and (d) upheld by the Standards Board for England in each of the last five years; and what sanctions were imposed in each case upheld by the Board. (182186)

The information requested, which has been provided by the Standards Board, is set out in the following table. The power to impose sanctions rests with either a local authority standards committee or the Adjudication Panel for England, following their consideration of the results of the investigations by either a local authority monitoring officer or one of the Standards Board’s ethical standards officers.

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-present

Total complaints received

3,566

3,861

3,836

3,549

2,550

Complaints referred for investigation

1,105

949

857

634

389

Complaints not referred for investigation

2,144

2,756

2,842

2,591

2,224

Other (for example, outside the SBE’s remit)

317

273

244

164

139

Complaints referred for investigation

Complaints referred to the Standards Board’s ethical standards officers (ESO) for investigation

1,105

1,009

465

241

127

Complaints referred by the ESO for local investigation by the local authority monitoring officer

n/a

96

385

347

203

Directions issued by ESO to the local authority monitoring officerl

n/a

n/a

7

46

58

Completed cases by final findings (investigated by ESO)

No evidence of breach of the code of conduct

154

310

119

128

65

No further action

462

947

459

182

93

Referred for local determination by monitoring officer

58

78

66

12

10

Referred to Adjudication Panel for England

89

111

94

9

7

Standards Committee decisions and sanctions

No breach of the code of conduct

2

4

3

1

0

No further action

3

8

5

1

0

Censured

18

26

18

7

1

Suspended for up to 2 months

14

19

12

6

5

Suspended for up to 3 months

2

15

19

2

3

Adjudication Panel decisions and sanctions

No breach of the code of conduct

3

8

12

5

1

Breach but no sanction imposed

3

7

24

5

0

Suspended 0-6 months

13

13

5

3

2

Suspended 6 months-1 year

0

6

13

0

0

Disqualified for up to 6 months

3

1

5

0

3

Disqualified for 6 months-1 year

19

11

15

5

1

Disqualified for 18 months

4

4

1

1

1

Disqualified for 2 years

12

3

7

0

0

Disqualified for 3 years

10

2

1

0

0

Disqualified for 4 years

2

3

2

0

0

Disqualified for 4.5 years

0

0

1

0

0

Disqualified for 5 years

1

1

0

0

1

1 Direction issued by an ESO to a local authority monitoring officer for action falling short of full investigation, for example conciliation or training to be undertaken by the member.