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Hannington Parish Council, Hampshire

Code of Conduct

The Localism Act was granted Royal Assent on 15th November 2011. New standards requirements apply to all local authorities, including Parish councils. All will be under a duty to "promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members and co-opted members of the authority‟. The duty includes an authority adopting a code of conduct which applies to members [Councillors] when they are acting in their capacity as members. A Parish Council may revise its existing code or adopt a code to replace its existing code. Codes must be consistent with the Nolan principles, which are:
1. selflessness 2. integrity 3. objectivity 4. accountability 5. openness 6. honesty 7. leadership

and must include a requirement for members [Councillors] to register and disclose pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests. [Go to 'Councillors' page then - Registers of Interest]
 All Councils must have in place “arrangements” for the investigation of allegations against Members [Councillors] (which must be made in writing) and for making decisions on allegations, with or without an investigation or a hearing.  For Hannington Parish Council, this function will continue to be carried out by the Monitoring Officer, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

Chris Pottinger,

Clerk, Hannington Parish council