Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
2.1 You must register and declare any disclosable pecuniary interests that relate to your public duties as required by this Code, and set out in Appendix 3.
2.2 You must, within 28 days of this Code being adopted by the Council or your taking office as a member or co-opted member, register any disclosable pecuniary interests with the Council’s monitoring officer, where the disclosable pecuniary interest is yours, your spouse’s or civil partner’s, or is the disclosable pecuniary interest of somebody with whom you are living with as a husband or wife, or as if you were civil partners. Disclosable pecuniary interests will be recorded in the Council’s Register of Members’ Interests and made available for public inspection including on the District Council’s website. In addition it will be made available on the Council’s website if they have one.
2.3 Within 28 days of becoming aware of any new disclosable pecuniary interest or change to any such interest already registered, you must register details of that new interest or change in writing to the Council’s monitoring officer.
2.4 Where you have a disclosable pecuniary interest in any business of the Council, whether registered under 2.2 above or not, and you attend any meeting of the Council, or any Committee, Sub-Committee, or Joint Committee at which that business is to be considered, you must:
- not seek to influence a decision about that business
- disclose to that meeting the existence and nature of that interest no later than the start of the consideration of the business in which you have that interest, or (if later) the time at which the interest becomes apparent to you. The exception to the requirement to disclose an interest is if the matter is a sensitive interest under paragraph 2.11
- withdraw from the meeting room or chamber as soon as it becomes apparent that the business is being considered at that meeting; unless you have obtained a dispensation from the Council or Clerk .
2.5 Following any disclosure at a meeting or as part of a decision record, of a disclosable pecuniary interest not on the Council’s register or the subject of pending notification, you must notify the monitoring officer of the interest within 28 days beginning with the date of the disclosure at the meeting or in the decision record in order for the interest to be included in the register.
2.6 Unless dispensation has been granted, you may not participate in any discussion of, vote on, or discharge any function related to any matter in which you have a disclosable pecuniary interest. Additionally you must observe the restrictions the Council places on your involvement in matters where you have a disclosable pecuniary interest as defined by the Council and set out in this Code.
2.7 (1) In addition to the disclosable pecuniary interests notifiable under the Localism Act 2011, you must, within 28 days of—
a) This Code being adopted by or applied to the Council; or
b) Your election or appointment to office (where that is later),
give written notification to the Monitoring Officer of the details of your other personal interests, as defined below, for inclusion in the register of interests.
(2) You have a personal interest in any business of the Council where:
(a) it relates to or is likely to affect—
(i) any body of which you are a member or in a position of general control or management and to which you are appointed or nominated by the Council;
(ii) any body—
(aa) exercising functions of a public nature;
(bb) established for charitable purposes; or
(cc) one of whose principal purposes includes the influence of public opinion or policy (including any political party or trade union), of which you are a member or in a position of general control or management;
(b) where a decision in relation to any business of the Council might reasonably be regarded as affecting your well-being or financial position or the well-being or financial position of a relevant person to a greater extent than the majority of other council tax payers, ratepayers or inhabitants of the electoral division, as the case may be, affected by the decision;
(3) You must, within 28 days of becoming aware of any new personal interest or change to any such registered interest, notify the Monitoring Officer of the details of that new interest or change.
2.8(1) Subject to sub-paragraphs (2) to (4) below, where you are aware of a personal interest described in paragraph 2.7 above in any business of the Council, and you attend a meeting of the Council at which the business is considered, you must disclose to that meeting the existence and nature of that interest at the start of the consideration of that business, or when the interest becomes apparent to you.
(2) Where you have a personal interest in any business of the Council which relates to or is likely to affect a person described in paragraph 2.7 (2) (b) above, you need only disclose to the meeting the existence and nature of that interest if and when you address the meeting on that business.
(3) Where you have a personal interest but sensitive information relating to it is not registered in the Council’s register of members’ interests, you must indicate to the meeting that you have a personal interest, but need not disclose the sensitive information to the meeting.
(4) Any personal interests notified to the Monitoring Officer will be included in the register of interests.
(5) A copy of the register will be available for public inspection and will be published on the District Council’s website and the Council’s website (where applicable).