Members—conduct
Produced in partnership with Peter Keith-Lucas and Anthea Lowe of Bevan Brittan and North West Leicestershire District Council
Members—conduct

The following Local Government practice note Produced in partnership with Peter Keith-Lucas and Anthea Lowe of Bevan Brittan and North West Leicestershire District Council provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Members—conduct
  • Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
  • Obligation to adopt a new Code of Conduct
  • Arrangements
  • Obligation to appoint an Independent Person
  • Complaints
  • Sanctions for breach of the Code

This Practice Note refers only to the law in England; note that different provisions apply to Wales.

The public has a right to expect high standards of conduct from their elected members. Up to 1 July 2012, local authority (LA) members had to comply with the ethical standards framework under Part III of the Local Government Act 2000 (LGA 2000) that built on recommendations in the Third Report of Lord Nolan's Committee on Standards in Public Life.

The Localism Act 2011 (LA 2011) amends LGA 2000 so that Part III only applies to Wales, and makes fundamental changes to the system of regulation of standards of conduct for elected and co-opted councillors in England from 1 July 2012. The provisions of LA 2011 apply to 'relevant authorities', which include a county council in England, a district council, a London borough council, a parish council and the Greater London Authority.

Though the Local Authorities (Model Code of Conduct) Order 2007, SI 2007/1159 was repealed on 1 July 2012, and members no longer have to give an undertaking to comply with the Model Code of Conduct, Local authorities remain under a statutory duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct for their elected and co-opted members.

Please see: obligation to adopt a new Code of Conduct below.

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

LA 2011 abolishes the concepts of personal and prejudicial interests and

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