The Adjudication Panel for Wales (APW) is an independent tribunal whose function is to determine alleged breaches by members of local authorities in Wales of their authority’s statutory code of conduct. Its web site includes guidance, decisions and annual reports.
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The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is the final stage for complaints about councils, all adult social care providers (including care homes and home care agencies) and some other organisations providing local public services in England. The site includes guidance, a searchable database of decisions which includes all investigation reports published since 1 April 2005, a number of special reports on the handling of complaints in particular subject areas, recent annual reports, and other publications.
The Local Government Association represents local authorities in England and Wales as well as police, fire, national park and passenger transport authorities. The web site includes recent press releases as well as briefings and responses to Bills relevant to local government. Within the “Parliament” section there are legislation guides which summarise the impact of legislation on local government and the work of the LGA in influencing the legislation as it proceeds through Parliament. LGA publications can also be downloaded from the site.
The Local Government Boundary Commission is responsible for conducting reviews of local authority electoral arrangements. It can also conduct reviews of the structure of local government, and the external boundaries of local authorities. The Records and Resources section contains a database of local government orders from 1973.
The LGIU is an independent research and information organisation supported by over 150 councils and the local government trade unions. It aims to be an advocate for strong democratic local government. The site gives details of publications, services and membership. All LGIU publications can be downloaded. There is also a blog.
This section of the GOV.UK web site contains guidance for councils on making, amending and revoking byelaws.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG – formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government) is a ministerial department with responsibilities which include regional and local government, planning, building regulations, housing, homelessness, social exclusion, and fire and rescue services. This section of the GOV.UK web site provides information on the department’s activities, policies, publications and announcements. Specific publications, such as guidance, consultation papers, circulars, statistics and research reports, may best be found by conducting a Publications search.
The Standards Commission for Scotland was established pursuant to the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 to assure compliance with the Code of Conduct for Councillors and the Code of Conduct for Devolved Public Bodies. (Complaints of alleged breaches of a code are investigated in the first instance by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.) The “Codes of Conduct” section of the web site contains links to the Councillors’ Code of Conduct and Model Code of Conduct for Members of Devolved Public Bodies. Rules for the conduct of hearings are published on the web site, as are full-text decisions, December 2006 onwards and annual reports, 2010/11 onwards.
Standards for England was the operating name for the Standards Board for England, a non-departmental public body which was responsible until 31 January 2012 for promoting ethical standards amongst elected and co-opted members of local authorities. The Board was formally wound up on 31 March 2012 but its archived web site remains accessible here on the National Archives site.