Guide: Making a Complaint about a Devon County Councillor

Part 3

What complaints does the Standards Committee deal with?

The Standards Committee can only deal with complaints about the behaviour of a County Councillor. It will not deal with complaints about things that are not covered by the Members’ Code of Conduct. If you make a complaint to the Standards Committee it must be in writing. You should say who it is about and why you think they have not followed the Code of Conduct. The Committee cannot look at complaints that are about:

  • incidents that happened before the Councillor was elected or chosen to serve;
  • incidents that happened either before the Council adopted the Code of Conduct;
  • the way the Council conducts or records its meetings; or
  • that would not disclose a breach of the Code of Conduct.

Complaints about:

  • the actions of the Council’s employees;
  • the way the Council has or has not done something; or
  • decisions of the Council or one of the services it provides;

are the subject of a separate complaints system which can be accessed on the County Council’s Feedback/Complaints system at the link shown below.

Ultimately, if you think the Council has not dealt with the matter properly and has failed to resolve a complaint locally, you can ask the Local Government Ombudsman to investigate.