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Complaint Form – Members’ Code of Conduct

Your details

  1. Please provide us with your name and contact details


First name

Last name


Daytime telephone

Evening telephone


e-mail address

We will not disclose your contact details to anyone unless it is necessary to do so in order to deal with your complaint.

However, we will tell the following people that you have made a complaint:

    1. Please tick the box that best describes you:

Member of the public

Elected or co-opted member of an authority

An independent member of the Standards Committee

Member of Parliament

Monitoring Officer

Other council/local authority employee

Other (please specify)

    1. Please give us the name of the member(s) you believe may have breached the Code of Conduct and their council.

First name

Last name


    1. Please explain how you think the member has broken the Code of Conduct. If you are complaining about more than one member you need to explain exactly how each one of them may have broken the Code.

It is important that you give us all the information you want the assessment sub-committee to take into account. They will use the information you give to decide whether or not to take any action about your complaint. For example, please make sure you tell us:

  • Exactly what you are alleging the member said or did. For instance, instead of saying that the member insulted you, you should state what it was they said;

  • You should give the dates of the alleged incident(s) wherever possible. Where you cannot do that, you must at least provide a general timeframe;

  • You should let us know whether there were any witnesses to the alleged incident(s) and provide their names and contact details if possible;

  • You should provide any relevant background information.

Please write down the details of your complaint here. Continue on a separate sheet if there is not enough space on this form.

Only complete this section if you are asking us to keep your identity confidential

    1. In the interests of fairness and natural justice, we believe that members who are complained about have a right to know who made the complaint. We also believe they have a right to receive a summary of the complaint. We are unlikely to withhold your identity or the nature of your complaint unless you have good reason to believe that releasing that information would result in:

  • You or your witnesses being unlawfully bullied or intimidated or;

  • The destruction of information or evidence that would seriously hamper an investigation into the complaint.

We will not automatically agree to a request to keep your identity or the substance of your complaint confidential. Your request and your reasons for asking for confidentiality will be considered by the assessment sub-committee at the same time as they consider whether or not to proceed with your complaint. If they decide that your identity and information about your complaint must be released to the member you are complaining about, we will let you know. Normally we would then allow you to withdraw your complaint if you wish to do so.
However, under exceptional circumstances where a complaint is very serious, we can proceed with an investigation and disclose your name even if you have expressly asked us not to.

Please provide us with details of why you believe we should withhold your name and/or a summary of your complaint from the member:

Additional help
Complaints should normally be submitted in writing. However, if you have any specific needs, for example if you have a disability, or if English is not your first language, we can provide you with help to make your complaint. If you would like help, please contact Nina Wilton, on 01225 713078.

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