In certain circumstances, Councillors may be granted a dispensation which enables them to take part in Council business where this would otherwise be prohibited because they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest. Provided Councillors act within the terms of their dispensation there is deemed to be no breach of the Code of Conduct or the law.
Parish Councils are now responsible for determining requests for a dispensation by a Parish Councillor under Section 33 of Localism Act 2011. This is because they are a “relevant authority” under section 27(6) (d) of the Act.
No member of Harrietsham Parish Council has submitted a dispensation request.