Complaints About a Councillor

How to make a complaint about a district, town or parish councillor in South Somerset

South Somerset District Council (SSDC), through its Monitoring Officer and Standards Committee, has responsibility for dealing with complaints that a councillor may have acted in breach of the relevant code of conduct. This includes complaints about councillors of SSDC and all town & parish councils in our administrative area.

If you wish to complain about a councillor then the first thing you need to ensure is that the behaviour you wish to complain about is in breach of the code. Thecode of conduct that applies to SSDC councillors was adopted in July 2012, and revised for May 2015. Each town and parish council is responsible for deciding its own code so its provisions may differ from SSDC's. You will need to contact the clerk to the relevant town or parish council to get a copy of their code to see if the behaviour you wish to complain about is covered otherwise we cannot deal with it. Please read the guidance notes before submitting your complaint and use the complaint form provided. If you have any queries then please contact either the Democratic Services Officer - Angela Cox (angela.cox@southsomerset.gov.uk) or the Monitoring Officer - Ian Clarke (ian.clarke@southsomerset.gov.uk).

Please note that the sanctions available to the Standards Committee are quite limited even for a most serious breach of the code.

All councillors are required to complete a Register of Interests. Whilst the content may differ slightly between councils, in broad terms it contains details of their employment, land holdings, any contracts with the council and membership of outside bodies. These Registers are available for public inspection at our Brympton Way offices. Please contact Angela Cox for further information (01935 462462).