Decision details

Review of the 2021 Member Code of Conduct

Decision Maker: Standards Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


            Upon invitation of the Chair, the Group Head of Law and Governance introduced the report. Page 54, paragraph 1.5 was highlighted, which confirmed that the previous Monitoring Officer had delivered some training to District Councillors, and external training was delivered to  Members on the 7 December, which was an extensive 2 hour session. This would be circulated to Parish Councillors.


            Members (and a non-Committee Member given permission to speak by the Committee) then took part in a full debate and the following points were raised:

·         No Members had been in contact to raise concerns about the Code.

·         The Declarations of Interest flowchart would be sufficient.

·         It would be helpful to have a definition of the Declarations on the back page of the flowchart.

·         The Committee should consider extending the scope over which an interest should be declared, and it was felt the wording on Paragraph 9 of Page 24 of the Bognor Regis Town Council Code of Conduct, should be added to Arun’s Code.

·         As the Code was agreed by Committee in March 2021, it was too early for a review, however any changes felt necessary should be made now.


It was agreed that the Code of Conduct would be placed onto the Work Programme and brought back to the Committee with the requested alterations.


Following discussion, Recommendation 1 was Proposed by Councillor Edwards and Seconded by Councillor Bicknell.


The Committee




That the 2021 Code of Conduct is effective and appropriate and needs no review at this time


Publication date: 13/01/2022

Date of decision: 16/12/2021

Decided at meeting: 16/12/2021 - Standards Committee

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