The Standards Committee discharges the functions of the Council relating to Standards as follows, including those contained in Part 1, Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011 (other than those which are reserved to Council by law):
1. To promote and maintain high standards of conduct by Members and Co-opted Members of the Borough Council and to make recommendations to Council on improving standards.
2. To advise and assist Town and Parish Councils and Town and Parish Councillors to observe their respective codes of conduct and to maintain high standards of conduct and to make recommendations to Town and Parish Councils on improving standards.
3. To advise the Borough Council on the adoption of or revisions to its Code of Conduct.
4. To advise, train or arrange to train Members, Co-opted Members and Town and Parish Councillors on matters relating to the Code of Conduct.
5. To monitor and assess the operation and effectiveness of the Code of Conduct and to review and manage the Arrangements for dealing with Code of Conduct Complaints.
6. To advise on local ethical governance protocols and procedures.
7. To monitor and review the procedures for the Register of Members’ Interests and declaring gifts and hospitality.
8. To receive periodic reports from the Monitoring Officer on the number and nature of complaints received and action taken as a result in consultation with the Independent Person.
9. To receive an annual report on the Borough Council’s ethical governance arrangements.
10. To grant dispensations pursuant to S33(2) of the Localism Act 2011 where:
(iii) without the dispensation, the representation of different political groups on the body transacting the business would be so upset as to alter the outcome of any vote on the matter.
(iv) that the authority considers that the dispensation is in the interests of persons living in its area; or
(v) where the Committee considers that it is otherwise appropriate to grant a dispensation.
11. Oversight of the Constitution in relation to ethical matters and overview of complaints handling and Ombudsman investigations where probity issues are raised.
12. Determination of written complaints to any Statutory Officer about alleged breaches of Local Protocols adopted by the Council.
13. The consideration of applications received from any officers of the Authority for exemption from political restriction under Section 1 and 2 of the Local Government Act 1989 in respect of the post held by that Officer and can direct the Authority that the post shall not be considered to be a politically restricted post and that the post be removed from the list maintained by the Authority under Section 2(2) of the Act.