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Standards committee

Information about the role of the standards committee, who sits on it, who chairs the committee, when are the meetings, are meetings open to the public, can members of the public speak, how and when you can view the agenda and minutes, what the code of conduct is, how to make a complaint and what is the process to make a complaint. 

What is the role of the Standards Committee and the Hearing Committee?

Standards Committee

The Standards Committee operates to guide the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and town and parish councils within the East Riding area, on the promotion of high standards of conduct by members.

The main functions of the Standards Committee are to:

  • consider complaints that the conduct of a councillor* has failed to comply with the code of conduct adopted by their council and to determine whether or not those complaints should be investigated;
  • make arrangements under which members’ conduct can be investigated;
  • make arrangements under which decisions on allegations about members’ conduct can be made, following the completion of an investigation.

 * Reference to councillor includes members of town and parish councils.

The Standards Committee, in conjunction with the Monitoring Officer, will provide advice and training for members of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and town and parish councils within the East Riding area.

Standards Hearing Committee

A Hearing Committee will be arranged to determine complaints that have been referred for investigation where it is considered that a breach of the code of conduct has been established.

The committee's full terms of reference and delegated functions can be viewed in the council's constitution.

What is the role of the independent person?

In accordance with the Localism Act 2011, East Riding of Yorkshire Council has appointed one independent person (Ms Gwen Lunn).

The independent person must be consulted before the Standards Committee or Hearing Committee makes a decision on a complaint that has been investigated.

The independent person will be in attendance at meetings of the Standards Committee or Hearing Committee when a decision is to be made on a complaint that has been investigated.

The independent person is not a member of the Standards Committee and does not have voting rights. 

Who sits on the committees?

Standards Committee

Membership of the Standards Committee is as follows: 

Eight East Riding of Yorkshire Council members (voting)

Conservative x 4
Independent x 1
Labour x 1
Liberal Democrat x 1
UKIP x 1

 Independent members (non-voting)

  • Mrs Gillian Hardy
  • Ms Catherine Shannon
  • Mrs Margaret Stevenson

Parish council representatives (non-voting)

  • Mrs C Burton
  • Mrs E Hunter
  • Mr S King

Hearing Committee

Membership of the Hearing Committee is selected on a meeting by meeting basis as follows:

  • Three East Riding of Yorkshire Council members of the Standards Committee (voting)
  • One of the independent members of the Standards Committee (non-voting)
  • One of the parish council representatives on the Standards Committee (non-voting)

Who chairs meetings?

The chairmanship is rotated around the East Riding of Yorkshire Council members.

When are meetings?

Meetings take place on the following dates:

Standards Committee meetings
 Date Time  Venue 
Tuesday, 3 April 2018 10am  County Hall, Beverley 
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 - CANCELLED 10am County Hall, Beverley
Tuesday, 31 July 2018 - rescheduled from 26 June 10am  County Hall, Beverley
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 10am  County Hall, Beverley
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 10am   County Hall, Beverley
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 10am   County Hall, Beverley

Standards Hearing Committee meetings are arranged as and when required.

Are meetings open to the public?

Yes. Meetings are open to the public but there may be some matters which will be considered in private. During such situations members of the public will be asked to leave the meeting at this point. The circumstances under which we can consider matters in private are tightly controlled by law.

Can I record, film, take photographs or use social media during meetings?

Yes, new legislation means that you can film, record, take photos and use social media during open parts of meetings. For more information please visit the photography, filming and social media use page.

Can members of the public speak at meetings?

No. Members of the public are not permitted to ask questions at Standards Committee and Hearing Committee meetings.

How and when can I view agendas and minutes?

Agendas and reports for the Standards Committee are placed on public deposit five clear working days before each meeting and can be viewed by selecting the relevant agenda below.

Agendas and reports for the Hearing Committee are placed on public deposit 14 days before each meeting and can be viewed by selecting the relevant agenda below.

Reports containing exempt or confidential matters will not, however, be available.

Minutes of Standards Committee and Hearing Committee meetings are placed on public deposit no later than five clear working days after each meeting and can be viewed by selecting the relevant minute below.

Please note: agendas and minutes of meetings prior to those available online may be obtained by contacting the committee manager, Julie Lidster:

Email:  julie.lidster@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone: (01482) 393211

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Democratic Services
County Hall
Beverley
HU17 9BA

Please note: that there may be a charge for copying any information.

What is the code of conduct?

The Localism Act 2011 requires all councils (including town and parish councils) to adopt a code of conduct which sets out the behaviour expected of councillors when acting in their role as a councillor. 

A new code of conduct was adopted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council on 4 April 2012, which became applicable from 1 July 2012.  The Council considered and adopted a redrafted version at its meeting on 25 July 2012 following the issue of Regulations by the Secretary of State.

Town and parish councils have the option to adopt East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s code of conduct.  Some town and parish councils have chosen to do this, some have chosen to adopt their own code. Copies of your town or parish council's code of conduct can be obtained by contacting the clerk to the town or parish council.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council's code of conduct can viewed below:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council code of conduct (pdf 73kb opens in new window)

What is the register of interests and where can I see it?

The register of interests is a document that allows anyone to view details of any interests that could potentially result in a conflict of interest in a councillor's duties.

Councillors are obliged, by law, to keep their register entry up-to-date and to inform the council's monitoring officer of any changes within 28 days. 

To view a ward councillor's register of interests please visit the ward councillors page.

To view a parish or town councillor's register of interests please visit the Parish councillors' register of interests directory.

How do I make a complaint against a councillor or member of a committee?

You can report a complaint against a councillor or member of a committee online (opens in new window).

Alternatively you can send your complaint by the following means:

Email: standards@eastriding.gov.uk

In writing to:

The Monitoring Officer
Head of Legal and Democratic Services
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
County Hall
Cross Street
Beverley
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU17 9BA

What happens at a Standards Committee Hearing?

The process and procedure to be followed in advance of, and at, a Standards Committee Hearing can be viewed below:

Standards Committee Hearing Procedure (pdf 100kb opens in new window)

Last Updated: Friday, 29 June 2018