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Standards committee

Our Standards Committee was set up as a result of the Localism Act 2011.

The role of the committee is to monitor and assist us to promote and maintain high standards of conduct and to advise both district and parish councillors about the operation of the Codes of Conduct. 

The Codes of Conduct seek to ensure that councillors are open, fair and transparent in the conduct of their official duties. That councillors respect others in the conduct of their public lives and ensure that any decision making on behalf of their council is properly carried out.

The committee is made up of seven district councillors, and up to three non voting parish members. Our Independent Person can attend meetings and advise, in a non-voting capacity.

The main functions of the committee are to:

  • promote and maintain high standards of conduct by councillors and co opted members
  • assist councillors and co opted members to observe the Codes of Conduct
  • monitor the operation of the Codes of Conduct

Please read the Code of Conduct for District Councillors and contact information for individual parish clerks regarding the Codes of Conduct for parish councillors.

More information 

Annual Report to Council on Ethical Standards 2016/17 (PDF/680KB/6 pages)

Arrangements for Standards (PDF/36KB/6 pages)

Procedure for Hearing (PDF/46KB/7 pages)

Procedure for Investigation of Misconduct Complaints (PDF/30KB/4 pages)

Standards Committee Agendas, Reports and Minutes

View local determinations by the three Standards Sub Committees

How do you make a complaint?

If you have a complaint about a district or parish councillor and the Code of Conduct, then please write to:

The Monitoring Officer
South Lakeland District Council
South Lakeland House
Lowther Street

Tel. 01539 733 333
Fax. 01539 740 300


Members code of conduct: leaflet and complaints form (PDF/655KB/12 pages)
Members code of conduct: complaints form (DOC/64KB/7 pages)

If you would like a copy of the document in an alternative format, or would like help completing it, please don't hesitate to contact us.