On this page you'll find the general work of the
Audit & Governance Committee and transparency of
decision making in the council.
The Code of Conduct for Elected Members
The Localism Act 2011 places a duty on local authorities to
promote and maintain high standards of conduct by their councillors
and co-opted members that is consistent with the Nolan principles
of selflessness; integrity; objectivity; accountability; openness;
honesty and leadership. The Act requires the council maintains
a local Members' Code of Conduct and arrangements to investigate
and decide on allegations of breaches of the local code.
The council agreed at the meeting held on 25 July 2012, a
new Code of Conduct and Standards monitoring
arrangements. The approved Code of Conduct for Elected and
Co-Opted Members of Rochdale MBC, can be found in part 5A of the Code of Conduct for councillors.
The Localism Act 2011 established a requirement for the council
to appoint at least one Independent Person to assist the council in
dealing with complaints that the Code of Conduct may have been
breached. If the council has decided to investigate an allegation
that the Code of Conduct has been breached then the views of the
Independent Person must be sought, and taken into account, before
the council makes its decision on any such allegation.
The council may also seek the views of the Independent Person
in relation to allegations where no decision to investigate has
been made. In addition any councillor, who has been complained
about may seek the views of the Independent Person. The council
agreed at the meeting held on 25 July 2012 to appoint 3
Complaints and investigations against councillors and co-opted
Any person can make a complaint that a councillor or co-opted
member has breached the Code of Conduct.
Find out how to complaint about a
What the Audit & Governance Committee does
The committee is responsible to the council for promoting
and maintaining high standards of conduct by members and co-opted
members of the council. Functions of the Audit &
Governance Committee include promotion of high standards of
conduct amongst our local politicians, monitor the effectiveness of
the Code of Conduct for Members.
The committee is made up of 7 councillors appointed on a
politically balanced basis.
Audit and Governance Committee
We publish details of all our committee meetings. Search the
calendar to find the relevant Audit & Governance Committee
Council agenda, reports and