CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISPENSATION
a). All councillors and non-councillors with voting rights shall observe the code of conduct
adopted by the council.
b). Unless he has been granted a dispensation, a councillor or non-councillor with voting
rights shall withdraw from a meeting when it is considering a matter in which he has a
disclosable pecuniary interest. He may return to the meeting after it has considered the
matter in which he had the interest.
c). Unless he has been granted a dispensation, a councillor or non-councillor with voting
rights shall withdraw from a meeting when it is considering a matter in which he has
another interest if so required by the council’s code of conduct. He may return to the
meeting after it has considered the matter in which he had the interest.
d). Dispensation requests shall be in writing and submitted to the Proper Officer as
soon as possible before the meeting, or failing that, at the start of the meeting for which
the dispensation is required.
e). A decision as to whether to grant a dispensation shall be made [by the Proper Officer]
OR [by a meeting of the council, or committee or sub-committee for which the
dispensation is required] and that decision is final.
f). A dispensation request shall confirm:
- the description and the nature of the disclosable pecuniary interest or other
interest to which the request for the dispensation relates;
- whether the dispensation is required to participate at a meeting in a discussion
only or a discussion and a vote;
iii. the date of the meeting or the period (not exceeding four years) for which the
dispensation is sought; and
- an explanation as to why the dispensation is sought.
g). Subject to standing orders 13(d) and (f) above, dispensations requests shall be
considered [by the Proper Officer before the meeting or, if this is not possible, at the
start of the meeting for which the dispensation is required] OR [at the beginning of the
meeting of the council, or committee or a sub-committee for which the dispensation is
h). A dispensation may be granted in accordance with standing order 13(e) above if
having regard to all relevant circumstances the following applies:
i). without the dispensation the number of persons prohibited from
participating in the particular business would be so great a proportion of the
meeting transacting the business as to impede the transaction of the
- granting the dispensation is in the interests of persons living in the council’s
iii. it is otherwise appropriate to grant a dispensation.
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