CODE OF CONDUCT FOR MEMBERS AND CO OPTED MEMBERS PART 1 GENERAL PROVISIONS Introduction and Interpretation 1 1 This Code applies to you as a Member of Dalton Parish Council the Parish Council 2 It is your responsibility to comply with the provisions of this Code and uphold the seven principles of public life set out in Annex 1 to this Code 3 In this Code A meeting of the Parish Council means any meeting of a The Parish Council b A Committee or Sub Committee of the Parish Council A member includes a co opted member who is entitled to vote on any question that falls to be decided at any meeting that falls within paragraphs a and b above Scope 2 1 sub Except when you are acting as a representative of the Parish Council when paragraph 2 applies you must comply with this Coe whenever you a Conduct the business of the Parish Council which in this Code includes the business of the office to which you are elected or appointed or b Act claim to act or give the impression you are acting as a representative of the Parish Council 2 Where you act as a representative of the Parish Council a On any of the authorities which are under a duty to have a similar code of conduct to this Code you must comply with that authority s Code of Conduct when acting for that authority b On any organisation or body that is not obliged to have a Code of Conduct you must comply with this Code except to the extent that this
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR MEMBERS AND CO-OPTED MEMBERS PART 1 GENERAL PROVISIONS Introduction and Interpretation 1.  1   This Co...
Code conflicts with any other lawful obligations to which that other organisation or body may be subject General Obligations 3 1 You must treat others with respect You must not 2 a Do anything which may cause the Parish Council to breach any of the equality duties b Bully any person c Do anything which compromises or is likely to compromise the impartiality of those who work for or on behalf of the Parish Council 4 You must not a Disclose information given to you in confidence by anyone or information acquired by you which you believe or ought reasonably to be aware is of a confidential nature except where i You have the consent of a person authorised to give it ii You are required by law to do so iii The disclosure is made to a third party for the purpose of obtaining professional advice provided that the third party agrees not to disclose the information to any other person or iv The disclosure is aa Reasonable and in the public interest and bb Made in good faith and in compliance with the reasonable requirements of the Parish Council or b Prevent another person from gaining access to information which that person is entitled by law 5 You must not conduct yourself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing your office of the Parish Council into disrepute
Code conflicts with any other lawful obligations to which that other organisation or body may be subject. General Obligati...
6 You a Must not use or attempt to use your position as a member improperly to confer on or secure for yourself or any other person an advantage or disadvantage and b Must when using or authorising the use by others of the resources of the Parish Council i Act in accordance with the Parish Council s reasonable requirements ii Ensure that such resources are not used improperly for political purposes including party political purposes and c Must have regard for any applicable Local Authority Code of Publicity made under the Local Government Act 1986 7 1 When reaching decisions on any matter you must have regard to any relevant advice provided to you by a The Parish Council s Clerk Finance Officer b Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council s Monitoring Officer the Director of Legal and Democratic Services acting on behalf of the Parish Council Where that Officer is acting pursuant to his or her statutory duties 2 You must give reasons for all decisions in accordance with any statutory requirements and any reasonable additional requirements imposed by the Parish Council
6. You      a  Must not use or attempt to use your position as a member improperly to confer on or secure for yourself, or...
PART 2 INTERESTS Personal Interests 8 You have a personal interest in any business of the Parish Council where either 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 Parish Council ii Any Body aa Exercising functions of a public nature bb Directed to Charitable purposes cc One of whose principle purposes includes the influence of public opinion or policy including any Political party or trade union or dd Which is a private club or society such as the Freemasons a recreational club working men s club or private investment club of which you are a member or in a position of general control or management iii The interests of any person from whom you have received a gift or hospitality with an estimated value of at least 25 or iv A decision in relation to that business might reasonably be regarded as affecting the well being or financial position of you or a member of your family or a close friend or someone with whom you have a close association to a greater extent than it would affect the majority of other council tax payers ratepayers or inhabitants of your Ward or Electoral Area Disclosable Pecuniary Interests 9 1 You have a disclosable pecuniary interest in any business of the Parish Council where it is a pecuniary interest of yours or a pecuniary interest of a Your spouse or civil partner b A person with whom you are living as if husband and wife or
PART 2 INTERESTS Personal Interests 8. You have a personal interest in any business of the Parish Council where either it ...
c A person with whom you are living as if you are civil partners and you are aware that the other person has the interest and the interest falls within the categories of pecuniary interests classed as disclosable pecuniary interests in regulations made by the Secretary of State from time to time under Section 30 3 of the Localism Act 2011 2 The current disclosable pecuniary interests are listed in Annex 2 to this Code Notification of Interests 10 You must notify the Clerk to the Parish Council who will subsequently notify Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council s Monitoring Officer of any interest that is classed as a personal interest or disclosable pecuniary interest a Within 28 days of becoming a member or co opted member of the Parish Council b Within 28 days of acquiring any interest or become aware of an such interest c Within 28 days of any change to an interest that you have previously registered or d Within 28 days of disclosing an interest at a meeting of the Council Disclosure of Interests 11 1 Where you have a personal interest in any business of the Parish Council and you attend a meeting of the Parish Council at which the business is considered unless the interest is a sensitive interest see sub paragraph 3 you must declare the existence and nature of that interest and then consider whether the interest is of such significance that it warrants withdrawal from and no further participation in the discussion or vote on that item with any such withdrawal from the meeting being recorded in the minutes 2 Where you have a disclosable pecuniary interest in any business of the Parish Council and you attend a meeting of the Parish Council at which the business is considered unless the interest is a sensitive interest see subparagraph 3 you must disclose the existence and nature of that interest and unless you have been granted a dispensation see sub paragraph 4 you must not take part in the discussion or vote on that item and must
 c  A person with whom you are living as if you are civil partners and you are aware that the other person has the interes...
withdraw from the meeting room including the public gallery before the item is considered by the meeting You need not disclose the nature of any personal interest or disclosable pecuniary interest in an item of business where Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council s Monitoring officer considers that disclosure of the details of the interest a sensitive interest could lead to you or a person connected with you being subject to violence or intimidation 3 4 Sub paragraph 2 and 3 do not apply where the Monitoring Officer or the Standards Committee of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council as the case may be has granted a dispensation to enable you to take part in the discussion of or vote on that item or both Offences 12 You commit and offence if without reasonable excuse a You fail to notify the Monitoring Officer of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council within 28 days of becoming a member of the Parish Council of any disclosable personal interests that you have b You fail to disclose at a meeting of the Parish Council the nature and extent of a disclosable pecuniary interest that you have and are aware of having in an item of business that is being considered at the meeting unless i The interest is a sensitive interest and paragraph 11 3 applies ii The interest is entered in the Register of Members Interests maintained by the Monitoring Officer of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council or iii The Monitoring Officer of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has been notified that you have such an interest but the register has not yet been updated a pending notification c You fail to notify the Monitoring Officer of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council of a disclosable pecuniary interest that you have disclosed at a meeting of the Parish Council within 28 days of the date on which you made the disclosure d You participate in any discussion of or vote on any item of business at a meeting of the Parish Council in which you have a disclosable pecuniary interest of which you are aware unless you have been granted a dispensation in accordance with paragraph 11 4 or
withdraw from the meeting room, including the public gallery, before the item is considered by the meeting. You need not d...
e You have a disclosable pecuniary interest of which you are aware in any item of business to be dealt with or being dealt with by you as a member of a Committee having that interest continue to deal with that item of business except where such dealing is for the purpose of arranging for the item to be dealt with otherwise than by you
 e  You have a disclosable pecuniary interest of which you are aware in any item of business to be dealt with , or being d...
ANNEX 1 The Seven Principles of Public Life Selflessness 1 Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves their families or their friends Integrity 2 Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties Objectivity 3 In carrying out public business including making public appointments awarding contracts or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits holders of public office should make choices on merit Accountability 4 Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office Openness 5 Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands Honesty 6 Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their pubic duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest Leadership 7 Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example
ANNEX 1 The Seven Principles of Public Life Selflessness 1.  Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the pu...
ANNEX 2 DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS In accordance with Section 30 3 of the Localism Act 2011 a pecuniary interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest in relation to a member if it is of a description specified below and either Is an interest of the member or Is an interest of The Member s spouse or civil partner A person with whom the member is living as husband and wife or A person with whom the member is living as if they were civil partners and the member is aware that the other person has the interest However it should be noted that the disclosure of sponsorship is only in relation to the sponsorship of the member and not in relation to a spouse or civil partner In the table below Body in which you have a beneficial interest means a firm in which the relevant person is a partner or a body corporate of which the relevant person is a director or in the securities of which the relevant person has a beneficial interest Director includes a member of the Committee of management of an industrial and provident society Land excludes an easement servitude interest or right in or over land which does not carry with it a right for the relevant person alone or jointly with another to occupy the land to receive income Relevant period means a period of 12 months ending with the day on which M gives notification of a disclosable pecuniary interest Relevant person means you as a member or your spouse or civil partner a person with whom you are living as husband and wife or a person with whom you are living as if you were civil partners 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
ANNEX 2 DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS In accordance with Section 30  3  of the Localism Act 2011 a pecuniary interest is...
DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS Subject Prescribed Description Employment office trade Any employment office trade profession or vocation profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain Sponsorship Any payment or provision of any other financial benefit other than from the Parish Council made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by the member in carrying out duties as a member or towards the election expenses of the member This includes any payment or financial benefit from a Trade Union and within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Consolidation Act 1992 a Contracts Any contract which is made between the relevant person or a body in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest and the relevant Parish Council a Under which goods or services are to be provided o works are to be executed and b Which has not been fully discharged Land Any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the relevant Parish Council Licenses Any licence alone or jointly with others to occupy land in the area of the Council for a month or longer Corporate Tenancies Any tenancy where to the member s knowledge a The landlord is the Parish Council and b The tenant is a body in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest Securities Any beneficial interest in securities of a body where a That body to the member s knowledge has a place of business or land in the area of the Council 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
DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS Subject  Prescribed Description  Employment, office, trade, Any employment, office, trade,...
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 the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class
 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 ...