Councillor code of conduct and how to make a complaint

Selby District Council and each Town and Parish Council in the Selby District is responsible for overseeing the operation of its Councillors' Code of Conduct. The Monitoring Officer has the power to investigate if a Councillor is thought to have broken their authority's Code of Conduct.

If you believe that a Councillor has broken the Councillor Code of Conduct, you can make a complaint to the Monitoring Officer.

You can complain about Councillors and co-opted members of Selby District Council, or about Parish or Town Councillors for any of the Parish and Town Councils in the Selby area. A co-opted member is a voting member of an authority or one of its committees, who was appointed to their position rather than elected. However, please note that the Monitoring Officer can only consider complaints about the behaviour of individual Councillors or co-opted members, not about the District, Parish or Town Council as a whole or the decisions the councils make, or the people employed by them.

If you wish to make a complaint about the Council as a whole, or one of its services, please see Complaints about Selby District Council or contact your Town or Parish Council for details of its complaints procedure.

You can complain about a member of the Council breaking any part of the Code of Conduct. Councillors are required to observe the Code whenever they are:

  • conducting the business of the authority;
  • conducting the business of the office to which they have been elected or appointed; or
  • Aacting as a representative of the authority.
     

Code of Conduct

The Council's local Councillor Code of Conduct came into force in 2012.  Read a copy of the code.

Parish and Town Councils may adopt their own local code so you should check with them if you are concerned about whether a Town or Parish Councillor is complying with their code.

The following leaflet explains how a complaint will be dealt with by the Monitoring Officer:

Arrangements for dealing with standards allegations under the Localism Act 2011

You can complain to the Monitoring Officer if you think that a District, Town or Parish Councillor has failed to conduct themselves in accordance with the relevant code of conduct for their District, Town or Parish Council.

Complaint Form - Councillors' Code of Conduct

You can use this form to complain about Councillors and co-opted members of Selby District Council, or any of the Parish and Town Councils in the Selby area.  However, please note that the Monitoring Officer can only consider complaints about the behaviour of individual Councillors or members, not about the Council as a whole or the people employed by it.

Before you submit your complaint you should be aware that if the Monitoring Officer pursues your complaint you will be called to explain your complaint at a hearing which will be held within 3 months.  These timescales are subject to change depending on the co-operation of the parties and the complexities of the case. We'll send you further information at the time.

Please see the link below to our complaints form. This pdf can be completed electronically and submitted to us by attaching it to an email.

Please return this form via email to standards@selby.gov.uk or via post at the address below.

Decisions on Complaints

Set out below are summaries of the outcomes of each complaint which has been concluded since 1 July 2012.

Complaint SDC 2011 007 - Hemingbrough Parish Councillor
A complaint was made alleging that the Councillor had failed to treat the complainant with respect and had brought the office of councillor, or the council, into disrepute. Upon investigation it was found that the Councillor had not failed to treat the complainant with respect and had not brought his office, or the council, into disrepute. The finding of the investigation report was accepted by the Monitoring Officer who also noted with regret that both the complainant and the subject member had each contributed to the general lowering of the tone of the public exchanges between them. FINDING: NO BREACH OF THE COUNCILLOR CODE OF CONDUCT - NO FURTHER ACTION.

Complaint SDC 2010 008 1 - Hemingbrough Parish Councillor
A complaint was made alleging that the Councillor, after declaring personal and prejudicial interests at a meeting of the parish council failed to leave the meeting and instead took part in the discussion and voting on the matter giving rise to the interest. Upon investigation it was found that the Councillor had a personal interest but not a prejudicial interest. The personal interest had been properly declared and because s/he did not have a prejudicial interest s/he was not required to leave the meeting or take no part in the proceedings. The finding of the investigation report was accepted by the Monitoring Officer. FINDING: NO BREACH OF THE COUNCILLOR CODE OF CONDUCT - NO FURTHER ACTION.

Complaint SDC 2010 008 2 - Hemingbrough Parish Councillor
A complaint was made alleging that the Councillor, after declaring personal and prejudicial interests at a meeting of the parish council failed to leave the meeting and instead took part in the discussion and voting on the matter giving rise to the interest. Upon investigation it was found that the Councillor had a personal interest but not a prejudicial interest. The personal interest had been properly declared and because s/he did not have a prejudicial interest s/he was not required to leave the meeting or take no part in the proceedings. The finding of the investigation report was accepted by the Monitoring Officer. FINDING: NO BREACH OF THE COUNCILLOR CODE OF CONDUCT - NO FURTHER ACTION.

Complaint SDC 2010 008 3 - Hemingbrough Parish Councillor
A complaint was made alleging that the Councillor, after declaring personal and prejudicial interests at a meeting of the parish council failed to leave the meeting and instead took part in the discussion and voting on the matter giving rise to the interest. Upon investigation it was found that the Councillor had a personal interest but not a prejudicial interest. The personal interest had been properly declared and because s/he did not have a prejudicial interest s/he was not required to leave the meeting or take no part in the proceedings. The finding of the investigation report was accepted by the Monitoring Officer. FINDING: NO BREACH OF THE COUNCILLOR CODE OF CONDUCT - NO FURTHER ACTION

Complaint SDC 2010 010 - Hemingbrough Parish Councillor
A complaint was made alleging that the Councillor had failed to declare a prejudicial interest at a meeting of the parish council and that he had failed to leave the meeting and take no part in the discussion and voting on the item of business giving rise to the interest. Upon investigation it was found that the Councillor did not have a prejudicial interest and was not required to leave the meeting and take no part in the business. The finding of the investigation report was accepted by the Monitoring Officer. FINDING: NO BREACH OF THE COUNCILLOR CODE OF CONDUCT - NO FURTHER ACTION.

Complaint SDC 2011 012 - Barlby & Osgodby Parish Councillor
A complaint was made alleging that the Councillor had failed to treat the complainant with respect, had bullied the complainant and had brought the office of councillor, or the council, into disrepute. Upon investigation and on balance, it was found that the Councillor had not failed to treat the complainant with respect, nor had the behaviour been bullying and s/he had not brought their office, or the council, into disrepute. The finding of the investigation report was accepted by the Monitoring Officer. FINDING: NO BREACH OF THE COUNCILLOR CODE OF CONDUCT - NO FURTHER ACTION.

Monitoring Officer
Selby District Council
Civic Centre
Doncaster Road
Selby
North Yorkshire
YO8 9FT

01757 292056
01757 292035
monitoringofficer@selby.gov.uk