The Localism Bill abolishes the mandatory Standards regime, put in place by the Local Government Act 2000, and replaces it with the freedom for councils to adopt a Voluntary Code of Conduct.
Before our councillors start popping the champagne corks, things are not as simple as that. The Localism Bill does not remove the obligation to act within the ‘Principles of Public Life’ and it will be interesting to see how those charged with the legal responsibility to ensure that Councillors private interests, do not conflict with their public duties, deal with these issues at the local level. Methinks, Richard Waller, is going to be busy?
Local Government Lawyer is a very useful resource not only to professionals but also to amateurs, such as the readership of this blog, helping us to hold those who are in power to account. This recent example, for which the author is grateful, is instructive.