The purpose of the Standards Committee at
Cheltenham Borough Council is to help maintain and promote high
standards of conduct, assist Members and Co-opted Members of the
Borough Council and *Parish Councils within the area of Cheltenham
to observe the Code of Conduct and monitor the operation of the
Code. The Committee is made up of 7
Borough Councillors and 2 Independent Persons who are co-opted on
to the Committee and do not have voting rights.
*The Codes of Conduct for Parish Councillors
can be obtained from their respective Clerks, but it may be helpful
to know that most are similar to the Borough Council’s
The Standards Committee and its (Hearing)
Sub-Committee can only deal with complaints about the behaviour of
a Member. 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 you must use the
complaint form and be clear about why you think a Member has
not followed the Code of Conduct.
The Standards Committee will not look at
complaints that are about;
- Staff employed by the Council.
- Incidents that happened before a
Member was elected or chose to serve.
- Incidents that happened before 23
May 2002, when the Council originally adopted the Model Code of
- The way the Council conducts or
records its meetings.
- The way the Council has or had not
done something. This may be a matter
for the Local Government Ombudsman if the Council has not dealt
with the matter properly and it has not been resolved locally.
- Decisions of the Council or its
Cabinet or one of the services the Council provides. In this case, you should complain using the
Council’s corporate complaints system.
for more information on making a complaint about the conduct of a
Cheltenham Borough Councillor, Co-opted Member or a Parish
Councillor. If you have any other
queries please contact Democratic
More information about the Standards Committee
is available in the Council’s