Code of Conduct and Register of Members' Interests
Confidence in local democracy is a cornerstone of our way of life. It can only be achieved when elected and co-opted members of local authorities are seen to live up to the high standards the public has a right to expect from them.
Every authority is required to adopt a Code of Conduct that sets out rules governing the behaviour of its members. All elected, co-opted and independent members of local authorities, including parish councils, fire, police and National Parks authorities, are covered by the Code.
Each Code must include the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct approved by Parliament in November 2001. Authorities can choose to add their own local rules to the Model Code if they wish, although most have adopted the Model Code without additions.
Torridge District Council decided to adopt the Model Code without additions.
The Code of Conduct covers areas of individual behaviour such as members not abusing their position or not misusing their authority's resources. In addition there are rules governing disclosure of interest and withdrawal from meetings where members have relevant interests. Members are also required to record on the public register their financial and other interests.
A copy of our Code of Conduct and Members' Register of Interests is available to download from the list to the right of this page.
The Council's Monitoring Officer is responsible for the upkeep of this register and for overseeing the operation of the Code of Conduct.
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