Parish Council guidance and information

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Parish Council Code of Conduct

Declaration of Acceptance of Office | Model Code of Conduct (July 2012) Register of Members Interests guidance on disclosable pecuniary interests | Guidance note on registering interests | Parish register of interests form | Government guidance on personal interests | Letter from Bob Neill to Councils

Please note that the original register of interests and any subsequent updates must be sent to the Monitoring Officer at the District Council, with a copy held locally by the parish clerk. SCDC will do regular audits of the registers held and contact parish clerks about any registers which have not been received, although parish councillors bear the ultimate responsibility to ensure that the their registers of interest are sent to the Monitoring Officer.

Complaints procedure

If you want to complain about the conduct of a member of South Cambridgeshire District Council or a member of a parish council in South Cambridgeshire, you must submit your complaint, with details (including supporting evidence) of which aspects of the Code of Conduct have been breached, to:

The Monitoring Officer, South Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambridge CB23 6EA

Complaints procedure flowchart | SCDC Code of conduct complaints procedure


The Localism Act provides that Parish Councils should now grant their own dispensations to any parish councillor with a disclosable pecuniary interest. The District Council has prepared a guidance note for parishes on what to do, along with a template dispensation request form for parish councils to adapt and use.

Dispensation procedure guidelines | Parish council dispensation request form

Parish Council Toolkit and Meeting Preparation Checklist

The Parish Council Toolkit version 3 is published by the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (ACSeS), in partnership with the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC), Standards for England (SfE), the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Local Government Association (LGA), and supported by Milton Keynes Council, and was designed to help ensure good governance for Parish and Town Councils. It is aimed at Parish Council clerks, bringing together in one place all the relevant legislation, but is also intended to be a useful reference for parish councillors and those interested in becoming parish councillors, principal councils wanting to establish parish councils, and Monitoring Officers. The complete document (117 pages) has been sent to all Parish and Community Council and Meeting clerks in South Cambridgeshire in July 2009 and is available here electronically for download as an Adobe PDF file.

Also available is the meeting preparation checklist prepared by South Cambridgeshire District Council to assist clerks in planning for a public meeting. This checklist was also sent to all Parish and Community Councils and Meetings in August 2009 and can be downloaded as an Adobe PDF file.

Parish Council Toolkit | Meeting Preparation Checklist

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