Parish councils (including ours, even though we call it a Town Council) have unpaid councillors who are elected to serve for four years, unless a casual vacancy arises which may be filled by a by-election or by co-option.
A list of Clare councillors with contact details is to be found here. Their attendance records for May – Nov 2016 to date may be viewed here; the record for May 2015 – April 2016 is archived. All councillors have made a declaration of interests: these are held by St Edmundsbury Borough Council and may be viewed here.
Well House, Well Lane, Clare CO10 8NH
M: 07930 460 899
E: alaric.pugh(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stedsbc.gov.uk
Our local MP for the West Suffolk constituency:
Parliamentary Office: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
T: 0207 219 4875 E: james.cartlidge.mp(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)parliament.uk
All councillors are bound by the Suffolk Local Code of Conduct which shall be interpreted in accordance with the following 7 principles of public life identified by the Committee on Standards in Public Life chaired by Lord Nolan:
Selflessness – Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.
Integrity – Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
Objectivity – In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
Accountability – Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
Openness – Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
Honesty – Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
Leadership – Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.