Councillor Code of Conduct

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

The Councillor Code of Conduct is set out in our Icon for pdf Constitution 2020 [3.79MB].

All Councillors are required by law to complete a declaration of interest form to register their disclosable pecuniary 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 (including 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.