When someone gets elected as a councillor, they have to sign a declaration to abide by and uphold the Code of Conduct. The Code also requires each member to declare certain interests – these are entered into a register that we must keep by law. Interests can include:
Councillors have to keep their declaration up to date by informing the Council’s chief legal officer of any changes within 28 days.
If a councillor believes that one or more of their interests will impact on their ability to make a fair decision about something (for example, a report being discussed at a committee meeting), they will make a declaration to the committee at the start of the meeting. When that report is discussed, the councillor will leave the room. Each declaration is recorded in the minutes.
They must declare all gifts or hospitality offered to them (whether or not they accepted them) with a value of £25 or more within 28 days of the date of the offer. We also keep these declarations in a register.
Yes, anyone can inspect the registers. Contact us if you want to inspect the registers.