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.
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:
* 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.
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.
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.
Membership of the Standards Committee is as follows:
Membership of the Hearing Committee is selected on a meeting by meeting basis as follows:
The chairmanship is rotated around the East Riding of Yorkshire Council members.
Meetings take place on the following dates:
Standards Hearing Committee meetings are arranged as and when required.
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.
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.
No. Members of the public are not permitted to ask questions at Standards Committee and Hearing Committee meetings.
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, Jon Whyley:
Telephone: (01482) 393207
East Riding of Yorkshire Council Democratic Services County Hall Beverley HU17 9BA
Please note: that there may be a charge for copying any information.
Recent annual reports of the Standards Committee can be viewed below:
Annual Report 2009/10 (pdf 170kb opens in new window)
Annual Report 2008/09 (pdf 288kb opens in new window)
Annual Report 2007/08 (pdf 409kb opens in new window)
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)
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.
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:
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
The process and procedures followed once a complaint has been made can be viewed below:
Standards Committee process and procedures (pdf 169kb opens in new window)
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)