Councillor Conduct

The Localism Act 2011 required all Local Authorities to adopt a Code of Conduct setting out the standards of behaviour expected from local Councillors.

Cheshire East Council adopted a new Code of Conduct on 19 July 2012 which is intended to ensure that all Councillors observe the highest standards of behaviours when carrying out their duties. New Code of Conduct for Members (PDF, 110KB)

The Council’s Audit and Governance Committee is responsible for considering any complaints that either a Cheshire East Borough Councillor or a Town and Parish Councillor within the Cheshire East area may have breached the relevant Code of Conduct. Each Town and Parish Council must adopt a Code of Conduct. It may not be exactly the same as the Cheshire East Code and you should contact your Parish Clerk direct should you wish to view the code of conduct for your Town and Parish area. 

Making a Complaint About the Conduct of a Councillor (Member)

If you want to complain that a Councillor or co-opted Member of Cheshire East Council or a Town or Parish Councillor in the Cheshire East area may have failed to comply with the relevant Code of Conduct, please make your complaint in writing by using the form below and sending it to:

The Monitoring Officer
Cheshire East Council
Westfields
Middlewich Road
Sandbach
CW11 1HZ

MonitoringOfficerCEC@cheshireeast.gov.uk

The matter will be considered by the Council’s Initial Assessment Panel. Please note that the panel can only deal with complaints about the behaviour of a Councillor and you must set out clearly why you believe the Councillor has not followed the Code of Conduct and which sections of the Code you feel have been breached. Remember to check exactly what the Code for your Town and Parish Council requires if your complaint concerns a Parish Councillor.

The procedure for dealing with complaints under the Code of Conduct and the assessment criteria against which they are assessed are provided below:

Last updated  August 2012.