Agenda item

Showing of the Standards for England DVD - ' Assessment made clear'


The Standards Committee viewed the Standards for England DVD entitled ‘Assessment made clear’ which was designed to  help Standards Committee members and local authority officers involved in the assessment of complaints.  The DVD examined the four stages of the assessment process namely, pre-assessment, assessment, decision and review. 


Having viewed the DVD the Committee discussed various issues covered by the  DVD and the Monitoring Officer was asked to:-


  • Check whether a decision notice following an assessment of a complaint had to be publicly advertised.


  • Obtain confirmation from Standards for England that choosing alternative action such as reconciliation/mediation instead of referring a complaint for investigation would prevent any further action being taken in respect of the complaint if this alternative action failed.


Resolved  That the Monitoring Officer obtain the information now requested and report back his findings to the Members of the Committee.