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Councillors' code of conduct

Medway Council's Code of Conduct sets out general obligations about the standards of conduct expected of members and co-opted members of the authority, together with provisions about registering and declaring interests.

The current Members’ code of conduct was agreed at a Full Council meeting on 12 October 2017, with effect from 1 January 2018, and is based upon a set of principles:

  • selflessness
  • integrity
  • objectivity
  • accountability
  • openness
  • honesty
  • leadership

Any member of the public who thinks a Medway councillor, parish councillor or co-optee may have breached the code of conduct can make a complaint (pdf 99kb).

Complaints will be looked at by the Councillor Conduct Committee, which is made up of eight members of Medway Council.

Find out more about the complaints process:

The following documents have been issued as guidance by the Councillor Conduct Committee:


Register of Interests

Councillors are required to be open and transparent by notifying the council of their personal interests -otherwise known as disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and other specified non-pecuniary interests.

The Register of Interests is open to public inspection in the council's offices at Gun Wharf, Chatham, and a register of interests form can be accessed for each councillor online.

Councillors must also notify the council of any gifts or hospitality they receive that are worth more than £100. This is also recorded in the register.

More information on DPIs can be found in the Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012 made by the Secretary of State and are set out in Medway Council's Members’ code of conduct.