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Standards Committee information

Citizens have a right to expect that holders of public office are honest and impartial.

The Standards Committee is responsible for promoting and maintaining ethical standards in public life.  It is a committee of Cornwall Council but half of its 18 members are not part of the Council. Four are non-elected lay members, five are town or parish councillors and one is a town / parish clerk. What unites them is their dedication to good standards of behaviour in public life.

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Additionally, three independent people have been appointed by the Standards Committee to provide their views on complaints which have been made under the Code of Conduct.

Cornwall Council’s Monitoring Officer, or his/her representative, (a member of the Legal Services team) works closely with the Standards Committee, reporting to them about Code of Conduct complaints, training, and other related issues

Find out about the standards expected of all councillors in the UK and additional standards expected of all Councillors in Cornwall. You can also read the full code of conduct

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Find out how to make a code of conduct complaint about a councillor, read decision notices of all complaints reported to the standards committee and view reports issued by the Local Government Ombudsman

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Find out about the responsibilities of the committee including code of conduct complaints, code of conduct training for town and parish councillors and clerks and many more

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There are eighteen members of the standards committee. Find out about the role of the independent members and the powers of the standards committee

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