Recent statements in this category are shown below:
Statement Not upheld Councillor conduct and standards 01-Dec-2020
Summary: The Ombudsman has stopped investigating Mr X's complaint about the Council's investigation of an alleged breach of the Councillor Code of Conduct. The injustice to Mr X is not so significant as to justify an investigation by the Ombudsman.
Statement Upheld Councillor conduct and standards 10-Nov-2020
Summary: Mr D says the Council has failed to consider his complaint about a Councillor correctly. The Ombudsman has found evidence of fault because the Council failed to respond to a key part of Mr D's case. He has upheld the complaint and completed the investigation because the Council agrees to reconsider Mr D's case.
Statement Upheld Councillor conduct and standards 16-Oct-2020
Summary: Mr X complains the Council refuses to investigate his complaint that a Councillor breached the code of conduct. The Ombudsman will not investigate. Other than a minor delay in telling Mr X of its' decision, we are unlikely to find fault. Nor can we achieve the outcome he is seeking.
Statement Upheld Councillor conduct and standards 27-Aug-2020
Summary: Ms X complains the Council did not follow correct procedure in dealing with her complaint about the conduct of a councillor. The Council has agreed to reconsider the complaint and so the Ombudsman will not investigate.
Statement Upheld Councillor conduct and standards 28-Jul-2020
Summary: Mr X complains about the Council's handling of his complaint about the conduct of a parish councillor which Mr X says left him feeling vulnerable. The Ombudsman will not investigate as the Council has agreed to reconsider Mr X's complaint.
Statement Not upheld Councillor conduct and standards 21-May-2020
Summary: Mr F complains about the actions of an internal drainage board. The Ombudsman has not found fault.
Statement Not upheld Councillor conduct and standards 26-Feb-2020
Summary: Mr B complains that councillors did not follow proper procedures when deciding his planning application. He says that as a result the building works were delayed. There was no fault in the Council's consideration of Mr B's complaint.
Statement Upheld Councillor conduct and standards 24-Dec-2019
Summary: Mr C complains the Council wrongly created 31 complaints without his consent or knowledge during its consideration of a single code of conduct complaint he had made about a parish councillor. Mr C says he was prosecuted for harassment of the councillor and although the court dismissed the case, he incurred legal costs and both he and his wife suffered unnecessary upset. The Ombudsman has found the Council at fault in the way it dealt with Mr C's code of conduct complaint and considers the agreed actions of an apology, proper response and £250 are enough to remedy Mr C's injustice.
Statement Not upheld Councillor conduct and standards 19-Dec-2019
Summary: Mr X complains about how the Council's Monitoring Officer dealt with his complaint about a housing officer. The Ombudsman has found no fault.
Statement Not upheld Councillor conduct and standards 12-Nov-2019
Summary: Mr X complained the Council failed to properly investigate his code of conduct complaints. The Council correctly followed its procedure to decide not to investigate his complaints in detail. It considered evidence from Mr X, the chairman of the committee and officers, consulted with the Independent Person and explained why it would not investigate further.