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Declaration of interests pdf icon PDF 208 KB


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Minutes pdf icon PDF 20 KB

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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings held on January 8 2020 and

July 15 2020 be confirmed and signed as correct records.


Consultation on The Local Government Association’s Draft Member Model Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 255 KB

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The report was introduced by the Deputy Monitoring Officer, who gave a

slideshow presentation to the Committee. (copy filed with the minutes).


The Committee reviewed the draft Local Government Association Model

Member Code of Conduct. The Committee wholeheartedly welcomed the

review and the opportunity to provide input into the consultation.


The Committee generally endorsed the recommendations of the LGA; but,

with a number of caveats. Comments made are reproduced below using

relevant headings from the draft model code:-


 Presumption of acting in an official capacity.


• The Committee noted this recommendation would require legislative change.


• The Committee believed greater clarification was required.


• The use of social media in particular, had made it difficult to see clear

boundaries between when Councillors were acting as private individuals and

when “deemed to be representing their] Council.


• This can be a “grey area”


• “If people know you are a Councillor, whether or not you are acting in that

capacity, the public will associate you with the Council. A presumption of

acting in an official capacity’ was important for lay people and therefore the

potential for bringing the Council into disrepute. The public rarely make a



• “As a Councillor, I am uncomfortable that everything we do is deemed to be

as a Councillor and so this would require further clarification. Across the

Country, there appeared to be no clear conclusion on this.”


• “As a Councillor, we are under scrutiny and that includes our private life as



•“Social media does mean we need to be alert to the dangers of social media

and the need to have special attention given to it.”


Disclosable Pecuniary Interests’


The Committee noted the specific recommendation would require legislative

amendment and were generally supportive of the disclosure of interests



Gifts and hospitality’


The Committee suggested that perhaps an annual review of the limit of £25

from a single source could be added. Members agreed the cumulative figure

from a single source of £100 would be a good idea.



Concern was expressed that withdrawal of facilities could be a problem if

Councillors are then unable to fulfil their role to support residents on

casework. Members were not happy that there is was no right of appeal.




The Committee noted it is more important to have ‘respect’. You can be polite

and civil but be disrespectful in general attitude.”


General observations upon the draft Model Code:-


• The draft model code from the LGA was largely endorsed and welcomed.


• It is disappointing as a draft as it needs more framing of the context in which

Councillors are acting, in the public interest and the public responsibility. It

does not appear to reflect the Nolan principles in the Code.


• The context in which Councillors were acting is very important and the Code

was not proactive on ethical standards. It appeared negative in tone and over

emphasized the negatives, rather than being proactive.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.