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Councillor Code of Conduct and Standards Committee


Our standards committee is responsible for promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct by councillors, independent members and co-opted members.

Code of conduct

In 2012 Durham County Council formally adopted a code of conduct for all county councillors in compliance with the Localism Act 2011. We updated the code of conduct on 23 May 2018.

Role and functions

Our standards committee is primarily responsible for promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct by councillors, independent members and co-opted members. It is responsible for advising and arranging relevant training for members relating to the requirements of the code of conduct for councillors. It is also responsible for:

  • the initial assessment, investigation and determination of allegations of misconduct
  • dealing with any alleged breaches by a councillor of other relevant council codes and protocols
  • overseeing the probity aspects of internal and external audit
  • overseeing the code of conduct for employees
  • overseeing the council's confidential reporting code
  • granting exemptions on the political restriction of officer posts
  • overseeing the council's complaints handling arrangements and performance

This broad remit gives the committee the chance to make a much more meaningful, proactive and positive contribution to the work of the council. You can see further details on the committee in article nine of our Icon for pdf Constitution of the Council (PDF, 7.5mb) .

Committee minutes and reports

You can see all of the reports and minutes from the committee on our Standards Committee page.

Register of disclosable pecuniary and other interests

Under the code of conduct, we are required to maintain a register of certain financial and other interests. Each councillor's register of disclosable and pecuniary interests can be found on their respective web page which you can view on the Your councillors page. All of the documents are also available for inspection at County Hall, Durham, during normal office hours. We also maintain a register of interests for councillors on parish and town councils.

Complaints against breach of code of conduct

Please see our separate section complaints about councillors for further information.

Contact us
Standards Committee
03000 269 707
Our address is:
  • c/o Monitoring Officer
  • Democratic Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL
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