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POLICY FOR DEALING WITH INFORMATION PROVIDED TO THE PARISH COUNCIL IN CONNECTION WITH COMPLAINTS AGAINST PARISH COUNCILLORS UNDER THE 2007 CODE OF CONDUCT

1. Notifications from the Rother Monitoring Officer of complaints about Sedlescombe Parish Councillors should be made to the Clerk to the Council.

 

2. The Chairman, or Vice-Chairman if not appropriate, will be provided with the information by the Clerk.

 

3. The Clerk will provide as much information and evidence to the Monitoring Officer as is required to help with consideration of the complaint.

 

4. No further action will be taken to inform the Parish Council unless exceptional circumstances require this to be done when the matter will be placed before a special extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council, the agenda and minutes of which will remain confidential until the result of the complaint investigation is announced by the Rother Standards Committee.

 

5. No comment will be made to the media either before, during or after the inquiry is completed.

 

6. On completion of the complaints investigation by Rother Standards Committee, the Parish Council will consider whether changes to its methods of working are required in order to reduce the possibility of a complaint being made about a Sedlescombe Parish Councillor.

10/03/09 Approved by Sedlescombe Parish Council