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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:

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:

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

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:

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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