Code of Conduct for Members
Produced in partnership with Peter Keith-Lucas of Bevan Brittan
Code of Conduct for Members

The following Local Government precedent produced in partnership with Peter Keith-Lucas of Bevan Brittan provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Code of Conduct for Members
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Interpretation
  • 3 General conduct
  • 4 Disclosable pecuniary interests
  • 5 Other interests
  • 6 Gifts and hospitality
  • The Appendix Disclosable pecuniary interests

    1. 1


      This Code of Conduct applies to you whenever you are acting in your capacity as a member of [council name], including:

      1. 1.1

        at formal meetings of the Council, its Committees and Sub-Committees, its Cabinet and Cabinet Committees

      1. 1.2

        when acting as a representative of the authority

      1. 1.3

        in taking any decision as a Cabinet Member or a Ward Councillor

      1. 1.4

        in discharging your functions as a Ward Councillor

      1. 1.5

        at briefing meetings with officers

      1. 1.6

        at site visits

      1. 1.7

        when corresponding with the authority other than in a private capacity

    1. 2


      1. 2.1

        It is your responsibility to comply with the provisions of this Code.

    1. 3

      General conduct

      You must:

      1. 3.1

        provide leadership to the authority and communities within its area, by personal example;

      1. 3.2

        respect others and not bully any person;

      1. 3.3

        recognise that officers (other than political assistants) are employed by and serve the whole authority;

      1. 3.4

        respect the confidentiality of information that you receive as a member by:

        1. 3.4.1

          not disclosing confidential information to third parties unless required by law to do so or where there is a clear and overriding public interest in doing so; and

        1. 3.4.2

          not obstructing third parties’ legal rights of access to information;

      1. 3.5

        not misconduct yourself in a manner that is likely to bring the authority into disrepute;

      1. 3.6

        use your position as a member in the public interest and not for personal advantage;

      1. 3.7

        accord with the authority’s reasonable rules on the use

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