Standards Board for England: Complaints

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley of 14 March 2008, Official Report, column 705W, on Standards Board for England: complaints, how many complaints were made to the Standards Board in 2007-08; and how many were upheld (a) in whole or (b) in part.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government

In total, 3,547 complaints were received by the Standards Board for England in 2007-08. Of these, 524 were referred for investigation after initial assessment by the Standards Board for England. Of these 524, 285 were sent to local authority monitoring officers for them to investigate, 223 were dealt with by the Standards Board's ethical standards officer. The remaining 16 cases have yet to be allocated.

Of the 223 cases, the ethical standards officers' investigations found that in 200 cases the complaint was unfounded or that no action was required. 10 were found to be sufficiently serious to be referred to the Adjudication Panel for determination. Of these 10, in one case there was found to be no breach, two cases resulted in a suspension for up to six months and the remaining seven cases resulted in disqualifications for periods between six months and five years.

The remaining 15 cases were referred to the monitoring officer of the relevant local authority.

Information on matters referred to councils, including cases referred for investigation, is not held centrally.

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