Standards: the new Code of Conduct, investigations and the Local Government  and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (April 2008), Richard Harwood, Gordon Nardell, Alex Ruck Keene)

Standards: the new Code of Conduct, investigations and the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (April 2008), Richard Harwood, Gordon Nardell, Alex Ruck Keene)


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The Code of Conduct: a new Model Code was issued on 3 May 2007 under Local Government Act 2000. When adopted by a local authority it will be binding on individual members. Failure to comply with Code may result in investigation by Standards Board or local Monitoring Officer, and possible sanctions by the Adjudication Panel or the local standards committee.

In this paper:

  • The present Standards investigation machinery is explained;
  • The revised standards regime introduced by the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 is considered;
  • Finally the paper deals with keeping up appearances: judge-made rules about “predetermination” and “apparent bias”. Importance of members participating in decisions impartially and with an open mind. Breach of these principles can result in the local authority’s decision being quashed or declared unlawful – irrespective of whether any individual has breached the Code.


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