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Councillors: Complaints

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether complaints about breaches of the councillors’ code of conduct can be made anonymously under the new scheme. (203040)

Yes. Local authority standards committees will be able to consider anonymous complaints.

However, standards committees must have regard to guidance issued by the Standards Board for England, which stresses that anonymous complaints should only be considered in limited circumstances, such as when they are accompanied by evidence that the allegation is of an exceptionally serious or significant matter.

The guidance also advises local authorities to publish a statement setting out how they will deal with anonymous complaints.