Every relevant local authority in England, including Stratford-on-Avon District Council (SDC) and all town and parish councils within the district, must by law have a code of conduct to regulate the conduct of its respective councillors.
Such codes can only apply when a councillor is acting in their role as a councillor, either as an elected or co-opted member of a council. In some limited circumstances it might also apply where someone who is not a member of a council is co-opted as a member of a committee or sub-committee of a council.
A new code of conduct came into operation for councillors at SDC on 1 May 2018 (The SDC Code), which is accompanied by some guidance and a set of linked documents as specified in the Code. These documents are available on request.
The Monitoring Officer has also approved an adapted version of the SDC Code as a model for use by town and parish councils within the district (see list of those parish and town councils which have adopted this code).This code is also accompanied by its own guidance and set of linked documents as specified in the code and which are available on request.
Most other town and parish councils in the district are operating the code of conduct promoted by the Department for Communities and Local Government (The DCLG Code).
Following election or co-option to office as a member of SDC or any town or parish council, a councillor must sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office form and must also complete a form which requires them to provide details of certain prescribed financial interests.
Details of these interests, known as Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPIs), must be provided to the Monitoring Officer, who publishes these details on a public register.