Urgent call for Government to strengthen standards of behaviour in local councils


The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the government as a matter of some urgency to bring forward changes to the current standards regime governing conduct in local government.

In 2019 the Committee on Standards in Public Life (COSIPL) published its review of local government ethical standards, recommending the introduction of a range of sanctions such as suspension or disqualification of councillors for serious and repeated misconduct.

NALC has repeatedly called on the government to respond to the review and bring forward changes to the system and has now written to Robert Jenrick MP, secretary of state for Housing, Communities and Local Government, urging him to take action.

vital role in our civic life and local communities.

"Only by taking forward the review's recommendations as a package, rather than piecemeal, with local government working closely with national government and through the provision of support and targeted investment, will we be able to continue to uphold the high standards of conduct we all expect and tackle poor behaviour where it exists."

The link below is to the full letter on the NALC website: