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The Standards Commission is an independent body whose purpose is to encourage high ethical standards in public life through the promotion and enforcement of Codes of Conduct for councillors and those appointed to the boards of devolved public bodies.

A Councillor's Responsibilities to the Council as a Member of the Public

16th August 2017

A councillor has responsibilities to his or her Council both as a elected member and as a member of the public.

The Councillors' Code of Conduct notes, at paragraph 3.20, that if a councillor is in two months' arrears with payment of Council tax that councillor may not participate in certain decisions concerning Council tax issues, in order to preserve public confidence that councillors are taking decisions in the general public interest.

Paragraph 3.21 states that if a councillor owes a debt to the Council, they must put in place at the earliest opportunity arrangements for repayment. They must avoid being in a situation which might lead the public to believe that preferential treatment is being sought.

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