Personal interest declarations and the Seven Principles of Public Life

The request was refused by South Kesteven District Council.

South Kesteven District Council

I hereby quote from https://bit.ly/2mwJrRH:

"Under your council’s code of conduct you must act in conformity with the Seven Principles of Public Life. One of these is the principle of integrity – that ‘Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships."

From lengthy observation, it has become apparent that the proximity of the Belvoir hunt creates local partisanry and opposing views. My concern is that there is insufficient openness and transparency regarding the nature and extent of any partisanry in local government, and subsequently the public mind, as this article evidences: https://bit.ly/2o5wJtu

To resolve this:

1.
Are current serving councillors and policy makers required to declare any formal or informal association, business or family connection, friendship or acquaintanceship with any past or present member of the hunt, any linked pony club, eventing group, or hunt support?

2.
Are current serving councillors and policy makers required to declare any formal or informal association, business or family connection, friendship or acquaintanceship with any past or present member of Vote-OK? https://www.vote-ok.co.uk

3.
Are current serving councillors and policy makers required to declare any formal or informal association, business or family connection, friendship or acquaintanceship with any past or present member of the Freemasons?

If these declarations are not currently required in keeping with the Seven Principles of Public Life, I request that they be established as soon as possible and that the amendments be published on the council website.

S Rhosier

Customer Services, South Kesteven District Council

Dear S Rhosier,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Information Request

Reference No: 1638014

Your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 cannot be considered. This is because FOI requests are solely for recorded information that Public Authorities hold. Therefore your request is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However the following documents may be of interest to you:

- Councillor 'Register of Interests', click the link, select the councillor and then you will see a link to the register: http://moderngov.southkesteven.gov.uk/mg...

- Member code of conduct: http://www.southkesteven.gov.uk/CHttpHan...

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South Kesteven District Council

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