Why are local politicians celebrating? The death of the hated Standards regime, that’s why!

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.

See also: A plain English guide to the Localism Bill – Update.

2 thoughts on “Why are local politicians celebrating? The death of the hated Standards regime, that’s why!

  1. Well goodness me, fancy that – a lousy, selective, useless, valueless, expensive system, populated by hangers-on and toxically salaried lickspittles, replaced by nothing!

    “… obligation to act within the Principles of Public Life …” ho ho ho ho ha ha ha, ooh mi sides are aching – stop making me laugh.

    “… those charged with the legal responsibility to ensure that Councillors private interests, do not conflict with their public duties …” – Oh No, there you go again, ho ho ho ha ha; oooh ah it’s painful now, stop it, please.

    Blue badge abuse, abusing council-tax payers, claiming train fares that never existed, making defamatory allegations, incomplete declarations on election papers, jumping up the council house waiting list, etc. etc. All of these being perfectly acceptable under the current ‘Standards’ regime – yeah, like as if it would change under any new system – ho ho ho, still guffawing!!!

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