In accordance with the Localism Act 2011 ss 26 to 37, all Councillors must observe a local Code of Conduct to ensure high standards in the way they undertake their official duties.
At the meeting of 4 May 2022, Thurston Parish Council adopted the new code of conduct the new Councillor Code of Conduct 2020, as produced by the Local Government Association (LGA). The aim of the new code is for it to be adopted by all levels of local government which effectively makes it a national Code. It is hoped that all councils across England will move to the Councillor Code of Conduct developed by the LGA, following extensive consultation. The LGA have also produced Notes for Guidance, providing useful interpretation of the Code.
All Councillors have registered their pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests with Mid Suffolk District Council and these are published on Mid Suffolk District Council's website. To view a copy of the Councillors' Register of Interests please use the link below to be redirected to the relevant pages.
Standing orders are the written rules of a local council. They are used to confirm a council’s internal organisational, administrative and procurement procedures and procedural matters for meetings. They are not the same as the policies of a council but they may refer to them. A local council must have standing orders for the procurement of contracts.
Meetings of full council, councillors, the Responsible Financial Officer and Proper Officer are subject to many statutory requirements. A council should have standing orders to confirm those statutory requirements. A council should have standing orders to control the number, place, quorum, notices and other procedures for committee and sub-committee meetings because these are subject to fewer statutory requirements. If it does not, committees and sub-committees may adopt their own standing orders.
Model standing orders that are in bold type contain statutory requirements.