SUSTAINING HIGH STANDARDS OF ETHICAL GOVERNANCE IN HACKNEY
of the Standards Committee
Localism Act 2011 requires local authorities to promote and
maintain high ethical standards amongst Councillors and
The Council has a Standards Committee which is responsible for
promoting and maintaining high ethical standards. Their
responsibility includes dealing with complaints about Member
conduct and granting dispensation to Members from restrictions on
participation and voting at meetings, and from the requirements
relating to interests set out in the Members’ Code of
Members’ Code of Conduct was adopted by the Council on
27th June 2012 and is based on the Nolan
Principles. It contains general
obligations for Members and Co-optees
as well as the duty to declare pecuniary and other
interests. There are sanctions for
failure to comply with the Code.
role and terms of reference of the Standards Committee can be found
in Part 2, Article 8
and Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution.
Standards Committee has overall
responsibility for the ethical governance agenda of the
Council. It assists Members and
Co-optees to observe the Members’
Code of Conduct. It monitors the
operation of the Code and determines complaints under the Code. It
also provides training on the Code.
Membership of Standards
The following sit on the
- One Executive Councillor – Cllr. Anntoinette Bramble (Cabinet Member with
responsibility for the ethical governance framework) – is
Chair of the Committee;
- Eight Non-executive Councillors
– Cllr Katie Hanson, Cllr Jessica Webb
(Vice-Chair), Cllr Anna Lynch, Cllr Sem Moema, Cllr Caroline
Woodley, Cllr Humaira Garasia, Cllr Soraya Adejare, Cllr Carole Williams
- Up to Six Co-opted Members (only four
currently appointed) –
Adedoja Labinjo, Onagete
Louison, Nicola Hanns and Aoife Scannell
of Co-opted Members
The Council has no legal
obligation to appoint Co-opted Members onto the Standard Committee.
However, the Council has agreed to retain members of the public on
the Standards Committee as this provides independent oversight of
the Council’s ethical governance framework.
Co-opted Members are members of
the public who are non-voting members of the committee but are
specifically selected for their neutrality and experience of good
Managing Complaints of breach of the
The Standards Committee is the
first point of reference for any complaint about the behaviour of
any Member or voting co-opted Member of the Council.
Complaints about Member conduct must be in writing with
details of the alleged breach of the Members’ Code of
complaints form and guidance notes are available for use by persons who may
wish to lodge a complaint.
Decisions as to whether
to investigate complaints about alleged contraventions of the
Members’ Code of Conduct will be determined by a
sub-committee of the Standards Committee under the Procedure for
Handling Complaints against Member Conduct.
The Council’s Monitoring Officer will
make an initial assessment of the complaint and, as far as
possible, attempt to resolve the complaint informally with the
complainant and the subject Member. The
Monitoring Officer will refer the matter to the Standards Committee
for determination if informal resolution is either not appropriate,
or is unsuccessful.
The law requires the appointment of an
independent person to oversee the investigation of
complaints. When a complaint is
received by the Council, the views of the Independent Person must
be sought before the complaint is investigated.
The Member or Co-optee against whom a complaint is made can also
consult the same Independent Person on the matter.
Complaints outside the Standards Committee’s
In addition to overseeing the
Council’s ethical governance agenda, the Standards Committee
has responsibility for monitoring the progress of:
the Council’s Members Enquiry
Corporate Complaints Procedure, and
The Committee does not however, deal with
- Things that are not
covered by the Members’ Code of Conduct.
- Incidents that
happened before a Member was elected to office
- The way the Council
conducts or records its meetings
- The way the Council
has or has not delivered services. This may be a matter for the
Local Government Ombudsman if the authority has not dealt with the
matter properly and it has not been resolved locally
- Decisions of the
Council or one of its departments. There is a Complaints Procedure
relating to services.
Committee can grant dispensations to Members and Co-optees from requirements relating to participation
and voting at meetings and to interests set out in
the Members’ Code of Conduct. The Member or Co-optee
would need to make a written application and if granted, such
dispensation could last for their full term of office.
Contacting Standards Committee
If you would like further
information please contact Clifford Hart on telephone 020 8356
3597 or by e-mail to email@example.com.