Register of Interests - Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
The Code of Conduct also contains rules governing Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPIs) that apply to both District and Parish Councillors. There is a requirement for Councillors to register their DPIs and for this information to be available on the District Council website for public inspection. Failure to register a DPI is a criminal offence.
Councillors are under a legal duty to disclose any interests that could potentially influence their actions as members of the Council.
This is done in two ways:
- All councillors must complete a declaration of pecuniary interest form, giving details of interests (such as land that they own or companies in which they hold a large number of shares). These declarations are held by Democratic Services, and are available for public inspection on request.
- When making formal decisions, any interest that a councillor may have must be declared. This requirement only applies if the councillor's interest is greater than the interests of taxpayers generally. An example might be a decision that would have an effect on the councillor's business or employer. All such declarations are recorded in the Council's minutes, and in a separate register of interests maintained by Democratic Services.
Breckland Council's Code of Conduct states that Councillors must not participate in any discussion or vote on any matter in which they are aware they have a DPI.
Councillors are required to register interests which are held by Breckland Council.
Further Guidance has been produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Councillors can request a Dispensation from being required to declare an interest and a document has been produced.
Last updated: 19/06/2020 09:12:27