Complaints against Flintshire councillors increase

Published date: 18 July 2012 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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County Hall in Mold 

SEVENTEEN complaints were made against councillors in Flintshire to an ombudsman last year.

The complaints, which were made against town, community and county councils, were up by five cases on the previous year.

This follows an increase across Wales by 24 per cent in the number of complaints about members’ conduct in local authorities, as revealed in the ombudsman’s annual report.

Gareth Owens, county monitoring officer, said: “Across Wales there has been a steady rise in complaints since the Code of Conduct for Councillors was introduced in 2001, which is possibly due to greater levels of awareness amongst the public.”

The ombudsmen revealed that in 11 cases in Flintshire they decided not to investigate further.

Flintshire county leader Aaron Shotton said lessons could be learned.

He said: “It’s a question of ensuring we avoid such instances in future and get on with the job of serving the people of Flintshire.”

The ombudsman can decide on what action should be taken where a councillor has breached the Code of Conduct, from an apology to referring it to the Adjudication Panel for Wales in more serious cases.

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