Under the Parish Council’s code of conduct Councillors must act in conformity with the Seven Principles of Public Life.
One of these is the principle of integrity – that ‘Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
Councillors registration of personal interests is guided by this duty and they should give the monitoring officer who is responsible for the Parish Council’s register of members’ interests any information he or she requests in order to keep that register up to date and any other information which you consider should be entered in the register.
All sitting councillors need to register their declarable interests – both declarable pecuniary interests, and other interests that must be declared and registered as required by South Glos Council’s code, or your duty to act in conformity with the Seven Principles of Public Life, such as your membership of any Trade Union.
What are pecuniary interests?
A person’s pecuniary interests are their business interests (for example their employment, trade, profession, contracts, or any company with which they are associated) and wider financial interests they might have (for example trust funds, investments, and assets including land and property).