Standards Committee and Councillor complaints

Promoting High Standards / Complaints against Councillors

The Council formed a Standards Committee as part of the ethical framework for local authorities established under the Localism Act 2011.

The role of the Committee is to advise the Council on the adoption/revision of the Members’ Code of Conduct, advising, training or arranging to train Councillors and Co-opted Members on matters relating to the Code of  Conduct, reviewing the Councils’ response to probity and standards issues, governance issues and local government investigations.

Standards Committee agendas, minutes and membership details

What is a complaint against a Councillor?

A complaint against a Councillor is an allegation that a Councillor has not observed the Code of Conduct for Members. Please note that every District, Town or Parish Council are required by law to approve their own local Member Code of Conduct.

How do I make a complaint against a Councillor?

All complaints against Councillors should be made in writing to the Council's Monitoring Officer:

The Monitoring Officer
Wakefield Council
County Hall

Tel. 01924 305177

Complaint form

Complaint flowchart

Please note that the Localism Act 2011 provides that the only sanction available to the Standards Committee following an investigation and finding of a breach is censure of the Member (disapproval of the behaviour). Unless there are exceptional circumstances the allegation must relate to an incident that happened within the last three months.


The Chief Executive has delegated authority to grant dispensations to Councilors in certain circumstances to enable them to participate in meetings in which they have a specific interest.

Details of the dispensations currently granted