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 our Complaints page 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 monitoringofficer@selby.gov.uk or via post at the address below.