Code of Conduct

Tanworth In Arden Parish Council

Code Of Conduct

You are a member or co-opted member of Tanworth In Arden Parish Council and hence you shall have regard to the following principles – selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Accordingly, when acting in your capacity as a member or co-opted member:

You must act solely in the public interest and should never improperly confer an advantage or disadvantage on any person or act to gain financial or other material benefits for yourself, your family, a friend or close associate.

You must not place yourself under a financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence you in the performance of your official duties.
When carrying out your public duties you must make all choices, such as making public appointments, awarding contracts or recommending individuals for rewards or benefits, on merit.

You are accountable for your decisions to the public and you must co-operate fully with whatever scrutiny is appropriate to your office.

You must be as open as possible about your decisions and actions and the decisions and actions of your authority and should be prepared to give reasons for those decisions and actions.

You must declare any private interests, both pecuniary and non-pecuniary, that relate to your public duties and must take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest, including registering and declaring interests in a manner conforming with the procedures set out in the box below.

You must, when using or authorising the use by others of the resources of your authority, ensure that such resources are not used improperly for political purposes (including party political purposes) and you must have regard to any applicable Local Authority Code of Publicity made under the Local Government Act 1986.
You must promote and support high standards of conduct when serving in your public post, in particular as characterised by the above requirements, by leadership and example.

1 A ‘sensitive interest’ is described in the Localism Act 2011 as a member or co-opted member of an authority having an interest, and the nature of the interest being such that the member or co-opted member, and the authority’s monitoring officer, consider that disclosure of the details of the interest could lead to the member or co-opted member, or a person connected with the member or co-opted member, being subject to violence or intimidation.

DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS

The following are extracts from the notes which will accompany the form for notifying disclosable pecuniary interests, and are included so that readers are fully aware of them and should be read in conjunction with Sections 5 and 6 of the covering Guidance Notes.
Whose interests must be notified?
The Act provides that the interests which must be notified are those of a member or co-opted member of the authority, or
• those of a spouse or civil partner of the member or co-opted member;
• those of a person with whom the member or co-opted member is living as husband/wife;
• those of a person with whom the member or co-opted member is living as if they were civil partners.
(In each case where the member or co-opted member is aware that the other person has the interest).
When should the Monitoring Officer be notified of disclosable pecuniary interests?
As a member or co-opted member you must, before the end of 28 days beginning with the day on which you became a member or co-opted member of the authority, notify the authority’s Monitoring Officer of any disclosable pecuniary interests which you or your spouse or civil partner or equivalent have at the time when the notification is given. You are also requested to notify within 28 days of the date on which your Council adopts its new Code of Conduct.
On re-election or re-appointment as a member or co-opted member you should notify the Monitoring Officer of any disclosable pecuniary interests which you or your spouse or civil partner or equivalent have, and which you have not previously notified. You should do this before the end of 28 days beginning with the day on which you were re-elected or re-appointed.
Following any disclosure of an interest not on the Council’s register or the subject of a pending notification, you must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days beginning with the date of disclosure. (A pending notification is one where the Monitoring Officer has been notified of the interest but it has not yet been entered in the register).
Sensitive Information
If you have an interest the nature of which is that you and the Monitoring Officer of the District Council consider that disclosure of the details of the interest could lead to you, or a person connected with you, being subject to violence or intimidation, then details of that interest will be excluded from copies of the interests register which are available for inspection, as well as any published version of the register. Those versions may, however, state that you or your spouse or civil partner or equivalent has an interest, the details of which are withheld because of this provision.
Please contact the Monitoring Officer if you wish to discuss this aspect.
Section 1: Employment etc
You must include “any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain”.
Please ensure that
• you include a short description of the activity concerned: for example, “Computer Operator” or “Accountant”;
• you give the name of the employer, e.g. the company which pays your salary or wages;
• where an office is held, the name of the person or body that made the appointment is given.

Section 2: Sponsorship
You must include any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the Council of which you are a member or co-opted member) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out your duties as a member, or towards your election expenses. (The “relevant period” being the period of twelve months ending with the day when you make a notification). This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
Section 3: Contracts
You must include details of any contract between you, or your spouse, civil partner or equivalent, or a body in which either of you have a beneficial interest, and the Council of which you are a member or co-opted member:
• under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and
• which has not been fully discharged
(A body in which you or your spouse, civil partner or equivalent have a beneficial interest means a firm in which you/they are a partner, or a body corporate of which you/they are a director , or in the securities of which you/they have a beneficial interest).
Section 4: Land
You must include details of any land which is within the area of your council in which you or your spouse, civil partner or equivalent have a beneficial interest.
“Land” excludes an easement, servitude, interest or right in or over land which does not carry with it a right for you or your spouse, civil partner or equivalent (alone or jointly with another) to occupy the land or to receive income
Please ensure that:
• you give the address or a brief description to identify the land;
• if you live in the area of the council of which you are a member or co-opted member, you include your home under this heading as owner, lessee or tenant.
Section 5: Licences
You must include details of any land which is within the area of your Council for which you or your spouse, civil partner or equivalent hold a licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy for a month or longer.
Please ensure that you give the address or a brief description to identify the land.
Section 6: Corporate Tenancies
You must include details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)
(a) the landlord is the Council of which you are a member or co-opted member; and
(b) the tenant is a body in which you or your spouse, civil partner or equivalent have a beneficial interest.
(A body in which you or your spouse, civil partner or equivalent have a beneficial interest means a firm in which you/they are a partner, or a body corporate of which you/they are a director , or in the securities of which you/they have a beneficial interest).
Section 7: Securities
You must include details of any beneficial interest of you or your spouse, civil partner or equivalent in securities of a body where:
(a) that body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the area of the Council of which you are a member or co-opted member; and
(b) either –
(i) the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or
(ii) if the share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which you or your spouse, civil partner or equivalent have a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.
Please note that:
• “Securities” means shares, debentures, debenture stock, loan stock, bonds, units of a collective investment scheme within the meaning of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and other securities of any description, other than money deposited with a building society
• You do not have to show the extent of your interest.
Other Points
• If you are in doubt about the completion of this notification form, you may seek further guidance from the Council’s Monitoring Officer.
• A copy of the form will be available for public inspection, and the details of your notifications will be available on the website of the District Council
• If you have completed this notification as a member of a Town or Parish Council, please be aware that the information will also be available via that Council’s website, if it has one.

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