Local councils play a crucial role in deciding what gets built where.
But, some elected councillors are too close to the property industry.
Which means things get built that suit the financial interests of
developers and not necessarily the needs of communities.
We can change this.
An inquiry has been launched into ‘local government ethical standards’.
The Committee for Standards in Public Life is asking for views on whether the current rules governing councillors’ behaviour, and the system for dealing with complaints about councillors, are fit-for-purpose, or need strengthening.
We will be submitting evidence to the Committee that outlines our concerns regarding:
- Councillors simultaneously working as property lobbyists
- The lack of transparency from councillors’ on their registers of interests
- The revolving door between councils and the property industry
- The use of hospitality by property companies to curry favour with councillors.
You can feed into our evidence, or submit your own. Find out how.
Pic credit: Stephen Douglas