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FAQs About Town and Parish Councillors

Q: How do I complain about a parish councillor?

Since the Localism Act 2012 complaining about a town or parish councillor is a post code lottery. There is no longer a national body to oversee standards. In theory you should complain to the council itself. Principal authority monitoring officers have no power to enforce decisions or actions on town or parish councils or councillors.

From May 2008, if you want to make a complaint about the behaviour of a Councillor, you must write to the relevant District, County or Unitary Council’s Standards Committee.

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Since the 2012 Localism Act the following are no longer valid. We have left them to show what public rights have been removed.

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