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LLG, CIPFA and SOLACE to work together on response to LGA draft model code of conduct, call for monitoring officers to be legally qualified

LLG, CIPFA and SOLACE are to work together on a response to the draft model code of conduct that the Local Government Association (LGA) is currently consulting upon.

In a joint statement the three organisations said they would jointly challenge the LGA and “share the insight of our members gained from their close working knowledge of ethical governance within the local authority context”. 

LLG, CIPFA and SOLACE said: “Our response to the consultation will explore and contrast the recommendations made by the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s Ethical Review. There is consensus between our organisations on the need for sanctions tailored for local government, including parish and town councils.

“In addition, whilst outside the scope of the code, we will argue in support of other measures which we consider will promote more effective ethical governance and standards such as statutory protection for Monitoring Officers and the requirement that Monitoring Officers should hold a legal qualification.”

The statement added: “This an unmissable opportunity to work together to cement consistency and high standards in governance. Between us, we are determined to raise the bar on acceptable conduct.”

The LGA launched its consultation last month. It runs until 17 August.