In the course of each year the Standards Board requires local authority monitoring officers to complete and submit five online returns.
Four are quarterly returns used to collect information on local case handling and legal composition of the local standards committee to enable the Standards Board to fulfil its statutory responsibilities for regulating the conduct regime including, in the worst cases of the standards committee failing to carry out its functions in relation to the conduct of members in a reasonable manner, if necessary, suspending a council’s standards committee’s initial assessment functions and passing its functions to another authority.
The fifth return is an annual return enabling the Standards Board to disseminate information on best practice across local government.
These are operational matters which the Standards Board may progress without ministerial approval.
An external organisation was contracted to provide services relating to the rebranding, at a cost within the delegated authority of the Standards Board.