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Standards for England produces a range of guidance and advice to support authorities in the implementation and function of the locally-managed framework.

Following the introduction of government marketing expenditure restrictions in May 2010, we no longer produce hard copies of guidance publications.

All new and updated guidance information is available online. You can find the guidance and any legislation that accompanies it by using the links on the right. 

On the 18th January 2010 the functions of the Adjudication Panel for England were transferred to the First-Tier Tribunal (Local Government Standards in England) and the Adjudication Panel for England was abolished. The First-Tier Tribunal sits in the General Regulatory Chamber with Charity, Gambling, Information, Estate Agents, Claims Management, Consumer Credit and Transport Tribunals.

Our guidance has been updated to reflect the changes to the power and procedures of the tribunal. To find out more about the First-tier Tribunal, please visit their website.

Guidance documentation downloads

Standards for England’s regulatory functions will cease on 31 January 2012 and this includes our advice and guidance function. We will be removing all guidance from our website on this date, but prior to this we have created a page where you will be able to download copies of our existing guidance.

Click here to view the page.

The Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct guidance helps members, and also monitoring officers and standards committees, to successfully interpret the Code. Every authority is required to adopt a Code of Conduct, which sets out rules governing the behaviour of its members. All elected, co-opted and independent members of local authorities, including parish councils, fire, police and national park authorities, are covered by the Code.

View further information on The Code of Conduct

The local standards framework

The local standards framework guidance assists local authority standards committees with key areas of the operation of the new local framework, introduced in May 2008. It includes guidance on topics such as local assessment, the role and make-up of standards committees, local investigations and joint standards committees. A full list can be found on the local standards framework guidance page.

 View further information on the local standards framework

Further information

If you have a query about any of our guidance, please contact our Enquiries team on 0845 078 8181 or by email




Last Modified: 18 01 2012
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