PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS - between Members and Officers

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Dear Newham Borough Council,

From your Constitution, it states:

15. PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS - between Members and Officers
15.1 Mutual respect between Members and officers is essential to good local
government. Close personal familiarity between individual Members and officers
can damage this relationship and prove embarrassing to other Councillors and
officers.
15.2 It is not enough to avoid actual impropriety. Members and officers must avoid
any occasion for suspicion and any appearance of improper conduct.
15.3 Member and officers must declare to the Chief Executive any relationships with
an officer, which might be seen as influencing their work as a Member. This
includes any family, business or sexual relationships.
15.4 The Chief Executive will advise both the Member and the officer of the need to
avoid creating any appearance of improper conduct on their part.

Please provide the number of relationships reported to the Chief Executive of Members/Mayor having relationships with officers with a grade of SMR1 or above in the last 10 years.

Please provide the number of relationships reported to the Chief Executive of the Mayor having a relationship with an officer in the last 10 years.

Please provide the advice given to both the Member/Mayor and the officer to avoid creating any appearance of improper conduct on their part.

Yours faithfully,

Michelle vonAhn

Newham Borough Council

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