Register of interests
All our Councillors must have their interests recorded in a public register of interests.
Members must tell the Monitoring Officer in writing of any disclosable pecuniary interests within 28 days of:
- The Code of Conduct being adopted by or applied to the Authority
- A Councillor's election or appointment to office
- Becoming aware of any new interest or change to any registered interest
Any interests about which the Monitoring Officer is notified are included in the register of interests. You can view each Councillor's register of interests by browsing through their details on our Councillors page.
What are disclosable pecuniary interests?
The Localism Act and the Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012 say that a disclosable pecuniary interest in an interest of the Member in question, or of his or her spouse or civil partner, or of someone with whom the Member is living as husband and wife or as if they were civil partners. Interests to be registered are:
- Any employment, office, trade profession or vocation carried out for profit or gain
- Any sponsorship - any payment of expenses as a member or election expenses
- Any contract between an individual or a body in which they have a beneficial interest and the authority for the provision of goods and services or the execution of works
- Any land in the authority's area
- Any licences to occupy land in the area for a month or longer
- Any tenancy where the authority is the landlord and the individual has a beneficial interest in the body that is the tenant
- Any beneficial interest in securities in a body over a prescribed value where the body has a place of business or land in the authority's area
What if a councillor has a disclosable pecuniary interest?
If a Councillor has a disclosable pecuniary interest in an item of business at a meeting of the authority, they must disclose to that meeting the existence and nature of that interest before the item is discussed or when the interest becomes apparent. A Councillor may not participate in any discussion or any vote taken on the matter at the meeting.
A Councillor may attend a meeting where an item in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest is discussed but only for the purpose of making representations, answering questions or giving evidence relating to the business, provided that the public are also allowed to attend the meeting for the same purpose. The Councillor must leave the room when they have finished making representations, answering questions or giving evidence.
It is a criminal offence if the Councillor without reasonable excuse
- Does not notify the Monitoring Officer of a disclosable pecuniary interest within the relevant 28 day period
- Participates in discussion or votes despite having a disclosable pecuniary interest
- Takes steps to discharge a function alone despite having a disclosable pecuniary interest
There are some issues that Members will be required to take decisions on that directly affect most, if not all, district Councillors like council tax setting and the Members' Remuneration scheme. So long as a Councillor discloses the interest at the meeting a Councillor may attend and vote on a matter where they have an interest that relates to the functions of the authority in respect of:
- Housing where the Councillor is a tenant of the authority, provided those functions do not relate specifically to your tenancy
- Statutory sick pay under Part XI of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992, where a Councillor is in receipt of, or entitled to the receipt of, such pay
- An allowance, payment or indemnity given to members
- Setting council tax or a precept under the Local Government Finance Act 1992
Disclosure of Gifts and Hospitality
Councillors must notify the Monitoring Officer in writing of the name of any person or organisation from whom they have received a gift or hospitality with an estimated value of at least £50, which was received in their capacity as a Member of the Council. A register is maintained of this information.
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