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Cessation of Standards for England’s regulatory role and the provision of guidance

19 January 2012

From 31 January 2012, the regulatory role of Standards for England will no longer exist as outlined in the standards provisions of the Localism Act 2011.

As a result, we will no longer have powers to accept new referrals or conduct investigations into complaints against members. 

It also means that our role in providing guidance on the existing standards framework will cease from this date, including the provision of the Standards for England ‘Enquiries’ telephone, email and postal services, and the online Standards Forum.

In addition to this, hard copies of our guidance products and information will no longer be available from us post-31 January.

However, as the local parts of the framework will continue until the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) commence the remaining standards provisions and relevant orders, we are encouraging members of the standards community and other interested parties to download or obtain copies of our existing guidance.

To help facilitate this we have reformatted the ‘Guidance Documents & Pages’ area of our website to feature four downloadable ZIP files containing all the documents currently available in our guidance library.  The documents have been divided into key areas, including Standards Committee Functions, The Code of Conduct, and Welsh Police Authorities, to enable users to download the guidance most relevant to their needs. 

To access these downloads please click here.

We also have a number of hard copy guidance and DVD products which are available upon request.  However, these are available on a first-come, first-served basis only as stocks are limited and we are unable to order new stock.

However, please note that, from February our resources will be concentrated on the orderly closure of the organisation, expected to happen on 31 March 2012.

Finally, DCLG have yet to confirm when the other standards elements of the Localism Act 2011, such as the removal of powers from existing local standards committees, requirement to adopt a local Code and to appoint an independent member, will come into force. Any questions about current and future standards arrangements should therefore be referred to the Local Government Standards team in the Conduct and Council Constitutions Division at DCLG. They can be contacted via the DCLG switchboard on 0303 444 0000. 

However, should you have any questions prior to 31 January about the abolition of Standards for England or the availability of guidance on the existing framework, please do not hesitate to contact us, either via the ‘Enquiries Helpline’ on 0845 078 8181 or by email on

For media enquiries, contact the press office on 0161 817 5400 or email

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