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Councillor code of conduct and complaints

Under the Localism Act 2011, we have a duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by our councillors and any co-opted members.

Our Members' Code of Conduct sets out the standards of conduct expected from councillors when acting in their official capacity and is consistent with the seven principles of public life. It sets out practical guidelines for councillors, including their duty to register and disclose any financial (pecuniary) interests at meetings when relevant.

Unless granted an exemption, councillors cannot participate in meetings where they have a disclosable financial interest, as defined in the Code of Conduct.

Waverley Members' Code of Conduct  (Part 5 of Waverley's Constitution)

Waverley Members' Planning Good Practice Guide (Part 5.2 of Waverley's Constitution)

View register of interests

Please see a councillor's individual profile page to see their register of interests. 

Town and parish councillors

Each town and parish council within Waverley needs to adopt and publish its own Members' Code of Conduct, and to hold a register of interests for each of its members. We publish town and parish councillors' register of interests.

Register of interests

Please see the Parish Council Contact Details page to see Codes of Conduct, and councillors' interests for each town and parish council.

Making a complaint about a borough, town or parish councillor

Part 5.3 of Waverley's Constitution sets out the Arrangements for dealing with Standards Allegations which explain how we deal with allegations of misconduct by Waverley councillors, Waverley co-opted members, and town and parish councillors.

To complain about the conduct of a councillor or co-opted member, please contact the Monitoring Officer, Robin Taylor:

Role of Monitoring Officer

The Monitoring Officer ensures that Waverley's officers and elected councillors maintain the highest standards of conduct in all that they do.  The three main roles are to: 

  • report on matters that they believe are, or are likely to be, illegal or amount to maladministration
  • be responsible for matters relating to the conduct of councillors, co-opted members and officers
  • be responsible for Waverley's Constitution.

The Monitoring Officer's legal basis is found in Section 5 of the Local Government & Housing Act 1989 (as amended).

To ensure separation of roles, the Monitoring Officer may not also fulfil the duties of the other statutory roles: the Chief Finance Officer (Section 151 Officer) or the Head of Paid Service.

Page owner: Fiona Cameron. Last updated: 21/11/2019 14:36

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