How to complain about a councillor
Councillors must follow a code of conduct. The code seeks to ensure that councillors observe high standards of conduct which are consistent with the principles of conduct in public life, namely selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
The code also requires councillors to register and disclose their financial and non-financial interests. The code is part of the Royal Borough's constitution and can be viewed on the website.
If you want to complain about a councillor who has not complied with the code, you should write to the Chief Executive, Mary Ney.
If a complaint involves a potential breach of the code, and it merits an investigation, it will be referred to the Head of Law and Governance, Russell Power.
The law requires the Royal Borough to appoint an independent person, and must have regard to their view after any investigation and before reaching a decision on a complaint.
Professor Jim Emerson was appointed to this position at a meeting of the council 26 June 2013.
The Royal Borough has established a standards committee. Its role is to promote high standards of conduct and to deal with complaints about councillors who have not complied with the code.
The standards committee has three independent members and three councillors. It will consider the results of any investigation and the views of the independent person in reaching a decision on a complaint.
You can find a link to information about the standards committee and the councillor complaints procedure on this page.