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If you are unhappy about the way a councillor or co-opted member has behaved and believe that he or she has breached the council's Code of Conduct you can complain to the council.

What you need to do

If you want to complain about the conduct of a councillor or co-opted member you must submit your complaint in writing to:

The Monitoring Officer

c/o Democratic Services,

Cambridgeshire County Council

Shire Hall,

Castle Hill,

Cambridge,

CB3 0AP

 

Or email: email: [email protected]

The monitoring officer will review all complaints received by the authority and shall, in consultation with the independent person, undertake an initial assessment to determine, whether the complaint is admissible and, if so, to decide whether:

  • it warrants investigation
  • it may be suitable for alternative resolution without investigation
  • it does not warrant further action

Gillian Holmes and Grant Osbourn have been appointed by the Council to the role of Independent Person until 15 October 2022. The arrangements for dealing with allegations of breaches of the Members' Code of Conduct and a flowchart outlining the process can be accessed below :

If you make a complaint relating to the code of conduct, the complaint must state why you think a councillor has not followed the code of conduct.

If you wish to speak to the Monitoring Officer before formalising your complaint telephone 01733 452361. You are required to provide your name and a contact or e-mail address so that receipt of your complaint can be acknowledged and you can be informed of its progress

Please indicate if you wish to keep your name and address confidential, in which case the Council will not disclose it to the Councillor or co-opted member against whom you are making the complaint, without your prior consent. The authority does not normally investigate anonymous complaints, unless there is a public interest in doing so.

The Monitoring Officer will review every complaint received and, after consultation with the Independent Person (Gillian Holmes has been appointed by the Council to the role of Independent Person until 30th October 2019), take a decision as to whether the complaint is admissible and, if so, to decide whether:

  • it warrants investigation
  • it may be suitable for alternative resolution without investigation
  • it does not warrant further action

This decision will normally be taken within 14 days of receipt of your complaint.

Where the Monitoring Officer has taken a decision, she will inform you of her decision and the reasons for that decision.

The arrangements for dealing with allegations of breaches of the Members' Code of Conduct and a flowchart outlining the process can be accessed below

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