We're required to have a Chief Monitoring Officer.
The monitoring officer has defined statutory responsibilities in respect of matters or legality, conduct and probity. The monitoring officer may not also be the head of paid service, however they will liaise as appropriate with the head of paid service in the discharge of their functions.
Our Chief Monitoring Officer
Our Chief Monitoring Officer is Martin McCarthy. You can contact him:
- by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- by phone: (01226) 772808
- in writing: Monitoring Officer, Barnsley Council, Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA
Functions of the monitoring officer
Maintaining the constitution
The monitoring officer will maintain an up-to-date version of the constitution and will ensure this is widely available for consultation by elected members, employees and members of the public.
Ensuring lawfulness and fairness of decision making
After consulting with the head of paid service and chief finance officer, the monitoring officer will report to the Full Council (or to the Cabinet in relation to an executive function) if they consider that any proposal, decision, or omission would give rise to unlawfulness, or if any decision or omission has given rise to maladministration. Such a report will have the effect of stopping the proposal or decision being considered.
Supporting the appeals, awards and standards regulatory board
The monitoring officer will contribute to the promotion and maintenance of high standards of conduct through the provision of support to the appeals, awards and standards regulatory board.
Composition of panels
The monitoring officer will determine the composition of any panels being selected from the board, in consultation with the chairman of the board and in accordance with the relevant statutory provisions governing the matter that is the subject of the appeal.
The monitoring officer will determine whether or not a complaint under the ethical standards framework and member code of conduct should be investigated following consultation with the independent person, and make arrangements for any complaint to be investigated accordingly.
Determining applications for dispensation
The monitoring officer will determine applications for dispensations from the code of conduct where the number of members otherwise precluded from taking part in a decision would impede the conduct of business or interfere with the political balance of the decision making body, following consultation with the independent person.
Access to information
The monitoring officer will ensure that decisions of the Cabinet together with the reasons for those decisions, as well as relevant officer reports and background papers, are made publicly available as soon as possible to persons requesting them.
Offering advice on cabinet decisions
The monitoring officer will advise whether decisions of the Cabinet are in accordance with the budget and policy framework approved by the council. Decisions outside that framework will require approval of the
The monitoring officer will provide advice on the scope of statutory powers and authority of the council or Cabinet to take decisions, issues relating to maladministration, conduct and probity the budget and policy framework to all elected members.
Register of members interests
The monitoring officer will establish and maintain a register of interests of members and co-opted members of the authority. Further information is available under the 'documents relating to members of the council' section of the council's constitution.