Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The regulation of standards in British public lifeDoing the right thing?$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David Hine and Gillian Peele

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097133

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097133.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Manchester University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSO for personal use.date: 28 May 2020

Integrity issues in local government: the rise and fall of the Standards Board for England

Integrity issues in local government: the rise and fall of the Standards Board for England

(p.240) 12 Integrity issues in local government: the rise and fall of the Standards Board for England
The regulation of standards in British public life

David Hine

Gillian Peele

Manchester University Press

The chapter examines the case of English local government and the experience of the Standards Board for England. The model chosen was an ambitious one, superficially built on a clear and authoritative structure of external, independent, statute-based regulatory authority. In practice, as the eventual demise of the SBE demonstrated, the model was badly conceived and badly implemented, the fault lying mostly at central-government level. Despite its decision to impose external regulation, the Labour government was unsure of how far it wanted to take this principle, and delayed its eventual decision in ways that seriously overburdened the SBE, and cost it dearly in terms of credibility, loss of allies within local government, and at Westminster. Eventually a more satisfactory balance between local and centralized regulation was established, and important modifications were made to the model Code of Conduct, allowing a lighter-touch form of strategic regulation. This shift came too late to save the model established by the Local Government Act 2000, however, and the fatal loss of credibility and institutional allies left the SBE as a relatively soft target for a new mood of light-touch regulation which informed the approach of the Coalition government elected in 2010.

Keywords:   Standards Board, Adjudication Panel, Audit Commission, Local Government Acts, Model Code of Conduct, local self-determination

Manchester Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.