How our committee works
The Standards and Appeals Committee came into effect on July 1, 2012, following changes in legislation under the Localism Act 2011 to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members of the authority, through the adoption and operation of a code of conduct.
The role of this committee, which consists of seven members of the authority (previously five members but increased at the Annual Meeting on 10 July 2019), is to investigate or comment on any matters relating to ethical standards referred to it by the Chief Executive or Monitoring Officer. The full terms of reference are available on this page (July 2018).
In addition, an independent person, who is not a member or co-opted member of the authority, is appointed to provide advice to both the Monitoring Officer and the Standards and Appeals Committee in relation to the adherence to the code of conduct. Meetings of the Standards and Appeals Committee are held as and when required. Advance notice of meetings will be published here.
The next meeting of the Standards & Appeals Committee is Friday 9 November 2018 at 1000 at National Park Offices, Eastburn, Hexham.