Councillor Code of Conduct

Councillors and co-opted Members of the Council are required to observe a code of conduct.

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The New Model Icon for pdf Code of Conduct [334.15KB] is set out in our Constitution, effective from 19 May 2021.  It was adopted by the full Council on 22 April 2021 and a Icon for pdf Public Notice Code of Conduct [71.98KB] has been advertised locally, as required.

All Councillors and co-opted Members are required by law to complete a declarations of interest form to register their disclosable pecuniary interests and other registrable interests as defined by the Localism Act 2011.

These interests include:

  • Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation;
  • Sponsorship (including electoral expenses from a Political Party, Residents' Association or support from a Trade Union)
  • Contracts
  • Land and Property
  • Licences
  • Corporate Tenancies
  • Securities

The declaration of interests includes those of a spouse/civil partner/significant other.

In the interests of openness and transparency, this Council also asks Councillors to register their non-pecuniary interests.

Details of the declarations that each Individual Councillor has made in the Register can be found on each Councillor's page.  The co-opted Members on the Englefield Green Committee have their interests listed on the Englefield Green Committee page.

The register itself is held within Democratic Services and can be inspected if you make an appointment.  Some information is redacted (withheld from the public domain) if there are special circumstances.

We also record on our website the interests that Councillors declare at meetings of the Council and its committees and sub-committees.  These are called 'Secondary Interests'.  We keep a paper register of these and on-line we started recording these from May 2017.  The forms are kept for 6 years and then securely destroyed.

Sometimes a Councillor may be granted a dispensation which allows them to participate in a matter which they would otherwise be precluded from and these also appear on the Councillor's individual pages.