The DCLG has released further guidance for Councillors in a document called “Openness and Transparency on personal interests : A guide for councillors”
This document contains some interesting information for councillors and provides some sort of clarity on the issue of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests for Councillors at budget setting time. Although not law this is the DCLG’s interpretation on this topic.
Do I need a dispensation to take part in the business of setting council tax or a precept?
Any payment of, or liability to pay, council tax does not create a disclosable pecuniary interest as defined in the national rules; hence being a council tax payer does not mean that you need a dispensation to take part in the business of setting the council tax or precept or local arrangements for council tax support.
Accordingly, you will not need a dispensation to take part in the business of setting the council tax or precept or local arrangements for council tax support, which is in any event a decision affecting the generality of the public in the area of your council, rather than you as an individual.
Please make sure that your councillors are provided with access to a copy of this document and that you are aware of the content before you attend your meetings.
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