Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct is adopted by the City Council pursuant to its statutory duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by Members and Co-opted Members of the Council. This Code applies to all Members and Co-opted Members of the Council. 

This Code is based on and is consistent with the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership as referred to in the Localism Act 2011.

In the interests of transparency and openness, and in accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011, a copy of the Register of Members’ Interests is published on the Council’s website, and is available for public inspection at the City Council’s offices at all reasonable hours.

  • Making a complaint

    If you want to complain about the conduct of a Councillor of Winchester City Council or a Councillor of any of the District's 48 parish Councils, meetings or town councils, you must submit your complaint to the City Council's Monitoring Officer, If you have a more general complaint about the work of the Council, please use the Corporate Complaints Procedure.

    The Monitoring Officer can only deal with complaints about the behaviour of individual Councillors. The Monitoring Officer will not deal with complaints about the Council as a whole or matters that are not covered by the Councillors' Code of Conduct.

    If you make a Code of Conduct complaint, it must be about why you think a Councillor has not followed the Code. Examples of this could include:

    • Unlawfully discriminating against someone
    • Failing to declare a personal/prejudicial interest
    • Bullying
    • Failing to treat people with respect
    • Using their position improperly, to their own or someone else's advantage

    Further information can be downloaded from this page.

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