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Statement from South Somerset District Council regarding recent investigation into breaches of the Council's Code of Conduct

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Earlier this year, South Somerset District Council was made aware of allegations that two senior members of our team had potentially committed multiple potential breaches of the Council’s Code of Conduct and other SSDC policies.  

These allegations were investigated fully and independently, and we can confirm that the two officers involved are no longer part of the organisation.  

This was a complex and difficult investigation. We thank all those involved in the investigation for their diligence, and thank all colleagues who have participated in the process or who were impacted in any way.   

This has been kept confidential to date to ensure that the appropriate evidence was gathered and any disciplinary proceedings resulting from the investigations were fair and legal.  It was always the Council’s intention to inform elected members, staff and the public appropriately at the right time. It would not have been appropriate to comment on this matter publicly during the investigation to respect all of those concerned. 

Our Council has a proud reputation for going above and beyond to support our communities, and it is vital that we follow our Code of Conduct in all the work we do which sets standards of behaviour and conduct that South Somerset District Council expects from all of its employees.  

The investigation has also highlighted a number of actions that we need to undertake to ensure lessons are learned. This will include but will not be limited to reviewing our training offering and the implementation of our financial policies, and these will be implemented as a matter of urgency.  

Please be reassured, as this has demonstrated, we take all allegations of misconduct and gross misconduct very seriously, so that we protect our residents, partners and our staff.  

 

Thank you. You response is appreciated.

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