Declarations of interests
By law, councillors have to disclose certain pecuniary interests, eg relating to employment, ownership of land and shares (over minimum values) in companies which have a place of business in the area.
The Council’s Code of Conduct also requires councillors to declare other interests arising from membership of certain bodies. Details can be viewed in the Register of Members’ interests:
Councillors have to declare interests at meetings when a related matter is under discussion and these are recorded in the minutes. If a councillor declares a pecuniary interest, they cannot participate in the debate or vote and must leave the meeting for that item.