It is commonly asked whether the code of conduct applies to the town or parish clerk. On learning that the code of conduct does not apply to the clerk, other council officers or employees the next question is inevitably why not?

The answer is that council officers and employees are covered under what may be broadly called the anti-corruption provisions of the Local Government Acts and other legislation.


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To whom does it apply?

What must be declared?

Other rewards or fees

How and to whom must declaration be made

Penalties for failure to declare

Internal Audit



This guide covers the basics of the relevant sections of the act. This guide is not interpretive or a Best Practice Guide.

This guide is indicative and not definitive, if in doubt get someone else involved or seek professional advice.


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