Further to recent threads I prepared a detailed letter to the relevant governement dept about shortcomings in the PC model. Here is part of their reply. What an absolute cop out. I cant see anything changing any time soon . No wonder total apathy is rife
I should begin by explaining the relationship between central government and local government. Local authorities act independently of central government. Ministers and central government have no remit to intervene in the day-to-day affairs of local authorities, except where specific provision has been made in an Act of Parliament. Local authorities are accountable for their actions to their electorate and must act within their statutory powers. There are robust mechanisms in place for local people to hold councils to account.
Under the Localism Act 2011, all local authorities, including parish councils, are required to adopt a code of conduct for members. It is for each local authority to determine the contents of their code and their procedure, although any code must conform to the seven ‘Nolan’ principles of standards in public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. If you feel a councillor has breached their council’s code of conduct, I advise making a complaint according to your town council’s complaints procedure. The matter can also be furthered to your principal council’s monitoring officer, who has the power to investigate alleged misconduct.
You may however be interested to learn that on 30 January 2019, the Committee on Standards in Public Life published its review into local councils and how they are supporting good ethical standards in light of changes over the past ten years. The report is available here.