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Local government standards in England

Published Friday, December 19, 2014

This note outlines the provisions for standards of conduct, and registration of pecuniary interests, for local government councillors in England. A new local-based regime was introduced by the Localism Act 2011. The note also provides relevant links to details of standards in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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The Government announced in its Programme for Government in May 2010 that the “Standards Board regime”, regulating the treatment of councillors’ conduct and pecuniary interests, was to be abolished. This was done via the Localism Act 2011. Standards for England (formerly the Standards Board) was abolished on 1 April 2012. This note outlines the new regime in England.

The new standards arrangements replace the Labour Government’s ethical framework for local councillors. This was introduced by the Local Government Act 2000 and amended by the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

Local government standards are devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The bulk of this note addresses the regime in England, with some further links to information regarding the devolved territories.

Commons Briefing papers SN05707

Author: Mark Sandford

Topics: Local government, Standards

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