Emails together with discussions in the CPALC (Communities, Parish and Local Councils) forum seem to indicate that principal authority monitoring officers are uncertain as to the disclosure requirements of the 2012 Localism Act regarding the publication of town and parish councillors register of interests.

Some monitoring officers appear to be advising that a link from a parish council website to the register of interests on the authorities website is adequate disclosure.

Recently published guidance from the DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) states...

For parish councils, the monitoring officer who is responsible for the council’s register of members’ interests must arrange for the parish council’s register of members’ interests to be available for inspection in the district or borough, and must be published on the district or borough council’s website.

Where the parish council has its own website, its register of members’ interests must also be published on that website.”

A website link is merely a sign, equivalent to saying that the document is available at the local library.

Openness and transparency are supposedly at the heart of 2012 Localism Act.

Much more detailed information is available in the members area...