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Councillors' code of conduct

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council has adopted a Code of Conduct to promote and maintain high standards of conduct and underpin public confidence in the authority and its members and co-opted members. The Councillors Code of Conduct is in Section G1A of the Council's Constitution.

The code has been adopted under section 27 of the Localism Act 2011 and is based on the following core principles of public life - selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. It sets out general obligations about the standards of conduct expected of members and co-opted members of the authority, together with provisions about registering and declaring interests.

The Code sets out the obligations on members for registering the mandatory disclosable pecuniary Interests as well as other non-pecuniary interests and gifts and hospitality. The register of Interests for each member can be viewed under:

The Department for Communities and Local Government issued guidance: “Openness and transparency on personal interests - A guide for councillors”. This was designed to give practical information on the new approach to standards:

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The Council has agreed guidelines for Councillors on the use of Social Media:

The Council has made arrangements for dealing with complaints about Councillors:

It has also agreed criteria for assessing complaints:

Please email the Monitoring Officer if you need further information: