It must be recognised that there are various degrees of interest that a member may have in a project. The action to be taken should reflect this.
1) Close Personal Interest
Where a member or staff stands to gain financially from an application or is a Director or a Committee member of the organisation putting forward the project, he or she shall be considered to have a personal interest. In such circumstances, member or staff shall declare their interest and withdraw from the room while discussion on the project is ongoing.
2) Indirect Personal Interest
Where a member or staff has an indirect personal interest in a project, e.g. if a relative (immediate family) is associated with the project, the interest should be declared. The member or staff shall then take no further part in any discussion or vote on this issue. In certain circumstances, it may be appropriate for the member or staff to withdraw from the room, depending on the nature of the relationship with the project.
3) Direct Personal Interest
Where a member or staff has a private or personal interest which is clear and substantial, then that member or staff must take no further part in the proceedings and withdraw from the meeting whilst the matter is being considered.