On receiving your complaint , the monitoring officer will acknowledge it and refer it to the Audit Committee to reach a decision, within an average of 20 working days, on what should happen with the complaint. The Audit Committee us required to reach one of the three following decisions on a complaint about a Member’s actions in relation to the Authority’s approved Members’ Code of Conduct:
- to refer the complaint to the Authority’s Monitoring Officer for investigation;
- that no action should be taken in respect of the complaint;
- to uphold the complaint and refer it to the Appeals Committee for determination of an approval sanction.
Such meetings of the Audit Committee are CLOSED meetings and are not subject to the notice and publicity requirements under Part 5 of the Local Government Act 1972.