Tackling the conduct of local authority members

06 Sep 2017

The regime for monitoring the conduct of local authority members can be controversial and sensitive and can require local authorities to consider a range of legal issues. R (on the application of Hussain) v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council [2017] EWHC 1641 established important principles as to which complaints over member conduct can be investigated, as well as considering some important points relating to bias and political motivation.

In England, the conduct of local authority members is monitored under arrangements made in accordance with the Localism Act 2011. This moved away from the previous regime under the Local Government Act 2000 and associated regulat...

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