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Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct

Edited by: Philip Kolvin

ISBN13: 9781780433301
Published: May 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £65.00

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Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct identifies and explains the law following the changes implemented by the Localism Act 2011 in relation to the standards system governing the conduct of elected members in Local Government.

With a practical focus it addresses questions such as “How do I draw up a local standards code?”, “Do I need a local standards committee?” and “How do I go about challenging a member’s conduct?”

Covers the following areas:


Covers the history of law relating to councillors’ conduct, including events leading up to Nolan, the outcome of Nolan and the Localism Act and governance framework for local authorities.


Covers the framework for the setting and enforcement of the new standards, new local authority duty to promote and maintain high standards, local codes and the procedure for adopting a voluntary Code and the substantive content of Codes, to whom the Codes apply, enforcement of the standards regime: procedures for enforcement, decisions whether to investigate, procedures for investigation, sanctions (including withdrawal of party whip) and roles of monitoring officers, CEO, Group Leaders.


Covers: common law rules on bias and predetermination, statutory amendments to the rules, personal interests, other conduct issues: e.g. bullying, honesty, bringing the authority into disrepute and misfeasance in public office, Localism Act 2011.


Covers judicial review of Council’s decisions, including grounds of challenge, funding, interim remedies, procedure, final remedies including discretion not to quash decisions, ombudsman.


Covers section 34 of the Localism Act 2011, corruption, other relevant offences.

Local Government Law, Professional Conduct and Ethics
1. Beginnings - Damien Welfare
2. The standards regime - James Findlay QC, Ryan Kohli, Robert Williams
3. Councillors' conduct and decision-making - Estelle Dehon, Emma Dring, Matthew Lewin
4. Complaints procedure - Harriet Townsend
5. Challenging council decisions - Wayne Beglan, Philip Coppel, Harriet Townsend, Damien Welfare6 Offences - Robin Green, Zoë Whittington
7. Wales - Wayne Beglan, Robin Green -