Councillors: Complaints

Communities and Local Government written question – answered at on 8 May 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 whether complaints about breaches of the councillors' code of conduct can be made anonymously under the new scheme.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

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.

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