Every local authority is required to adopt a Code of Conduct that sets out rules governing the behaviour of its Councillors. All elected, co-opted and independent Members of local authorities, including parish councils, are covered by the Code.

The Monitoring Officer is responsible for considering complaints that a Councillor may have breached the Code of Conduct for Councillors.

The complaint must be about conduct that occurred while the Member complained about was in office. Conduct of an individual before they were elected, co-opted or appointed to the authority, or after they have resigned or otherwise ceased to be a Member, cannot be considered by the Monitoring Officer.

The complaint must be about one or more named Members of The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead or our Parish Councils.

The complaint must be made in writing. If a disability prevents a person from making a complaint in writing, they may contact the Monitoring Officer for assistance.  The complaint should be as detailed as possible and should be substantiated where possible.

When a complaint is received, the Monitoring Officer will decide on whether a complaint requires formal investigation or any other action, in consultation with the Independent Person, as appropriate.

The Council's arrangements for dealing with the breach will be proportionate to the complaint and will be timely and effective. If the Monitoring Officer feels that it is inappropriate to take a decision on a complaint, the Monitoring Officer will refer the particular complaint to a nominee. If the Monitoring Officer decides not to refer the complaint for investigation or other action, reasons will be given.

For further information please contact the Monitoring Officer.