Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001, Section 171 obliges elected members and certain staff grades of the Council to prepare and furnish to the ethics registrar an annual written declaration containing particulars of their “declarable interests” within the meaning of Section 175 of the Act. As a general rule, this framework provides that it is the duty of every local authority councillor and employee to maintain proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest. The prescribed annual declaration form sets out the list of “declarable interests” required by the Act. As a general guide, they include holdings of land or other property, shareholdings, directorships and any business contracts with a local authority. Under the Act, elected members and relevant employees are required to disclose detail about matters e.g. planning and development, that may arise on occasion and in which they have a beneficial interest.
Completed forms must be submitted annually no later than the last day of February and failure to do so is an offence under the Act. These records are available for viewing by any member of the public at the Council’s Customer Services Desk in our Civic Headquarters in Carrick-on-Shannon.