A local Parish Council is a legally mandated Local Authority empowered by statute to act on behalf of local residents and as custodians of public money. Grendon Underwood Parish council is the lowest tier of local government in Buckinghamshire being one of several Unitary Wards coming under the Unitary Authority of Buckinghamshire Council.

The role of Councillor in all tiers of local government is a vital part of our country’s system of democracy. The Council takes very seriously that, in voting for a local councillor, the public imbues that person and position with their trust. As such, it is important that councillors are held accountable and all adopt the behaviours and responsibilities associated with the role. We want the role of councillor to be one that people aspire to and want to participate with. We want to continue to attract individuals from a range of backgrounds and circumstances who understand the responsibility they take on and are motivated to make a positive difference to their local communities.

Your Parish Council exists to represent the interests of the whole community. But we need your input; Do let us have your comments, requests, concerns, ideas. Come along to meetings, use the form on this web site or email your local Councillor

Register of Members Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012

Pursuant to Sections 29 and 30 of the Localism Act 2011

Section 30 of the Act defines a ‘Disclosable Pecuniary Interest’ as a pecuniary interest of a description which is specified in regulations made by the Secretary of State and which is either an interest of the Member’s or an interest of Member’s spouse or civil partner, a person with whom the Member is living as husband and wife or a person with whom the Member is living as if they were civil partners, and the Member is aware that the other person has the interest.

Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 requires disclosure of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests not already entered on this register.

Section 31 also prohibits a member from participating in any discussion or vote on the matter in relation to which a member has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest.

Section 32 covers sensitive interests – fact of interest rather than actual interest itself has to be disclosed.

Section 34 makes it an offence for failure to comply with a notification requirement - it also makes it an offence to knowingly provide information that is false or misleading or is reckless as to whether the information is true and not misleading.

A copy of this register is required, as provided for by Section 29 of the Act, to be available for inspection at the authority’s offices at all reasonable hours and published on the authority’s website – and on the relevant Parish’s website if they have one.

For the purposes of the Regulations

“body in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest” means a firm in which the relevant person is a partner or a body corporate of which the relevant person is a director, or in the securities of which the relevant person has a beneficial interest;

“director” includes a member of the committee of management of an industrial and provident society;

“land” excludes an easement, servitude, interest or right in or over land which does not carry with it a right for the relevant person (alone or jointly with another) to occupy the land or to receive income;

“member” includes a co-opted member;

“securities” means shares, debentures, debenture stock, loan stock, bonds, units of a collective investment scheme within the meaning of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and other securities of any description, other than money deposited with a building society.