Members’ roles and conduct

Click on the links below for information on the roles and responsibilities of regional councillors, including the Chair and Deputy Chair, and the Chief Executive.

Elected Members legislation regarding conduct

Elected members have specific obligations under the following legislation: 

  • Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002, which includes obligations to act as a good employer in respect of the Chief Executive (clause 36) and to abide by the current code of conduct (clause 15) and standing orders (clause 27);
  • the Local Authorities (Members’ Interests) Act 1968 which regulates the conduct of elected members in situations where there is, or could be, a pecuniary interest (either direct or indirect);
  • the Secret Commissions Act 1910 which prohibits elected members from accepting gifts or rewards which could be seen to sway them to perform their duties in a particular way;
  • the Crimes Act 1961 regarding the acceptance of gifts for acting in a certain way and the use of official information for private profit;
  • the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 promotes informed participation in the financial markets. It places elected members in the same position as company directors; they may be personally liable if investment documents such as a prospectus contained untrue statements;
  • the Public Records Act 2005 provides a framework to keep central and local government organisations accountable by ensuring records are full and accurate, well maintained and accessible.
  • the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 imposes duties on the Council and councillors in respect of health and safety.

Code of Conduct

All elected members are required to adhere to a code of conduct.  Adopting such a code is a requirement of the Local Government Act 2002.  Once it is adopted such a code may only be amended by a 75 per cent or more vote of the council.  Council adopted its Code of Conduct on the 19 October 2016 and the Code is available on the Council website.

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