Councillor Ruth Dombey, Chair of the Strategy and Resources Committee, formally moved the adoption of the minute which was put to the vote and carried.
The committee considered a recommendation from the Standards Committee relating to the process for dealing with Standards Allegations under the Localism Act 2011. The recommendation was required to be considered by the Strategy and Resources Committee as it required a constitutional change which S&R are required to refer to Full Council.
That Council is recommended, to amend the standards committee complaints process as set out in the report.
The Monitoring Officer introduced the report which proposed a revised process for dealing with code of conduct complaints. Members discussed the use of the form as a process for ensuring that complaints were valid and whether removing the form would open the process to more vexatious or frivolous complaints.
1. That Council is recommended, via Strategy and Resources Committee, to amend the standards committee complaints process.
2. That the Monitoring Officer is requested to make contact with complainants over the past 12 months who did not choose to complete the Standards complaints form.