Code of conduct
In line with the Localism Act 2011, when someone gets elected as a councillor they have to sign a declaration to abide by and uphold the Brent Member’ Code of Conduct.
Members are expected to observe this code when carrying out their duties.
The Code also defines the requirements concerning the disclosure of interests and gifts and hospitality. Each councillor is required to declare certain personal and financial interests, including any interests that might be seen as prejudicing their decision-making. The Monitoring Office will enter these into a register that we must keep by law.
Councillors have to keep their declaration up to date by informing the Council’s Monitoring Officer of any changes within 28 days.
We will investigate any allegation that a member has failed to comply with the Code and decide what action, if any, should be taken. If you feel that a member has breached the Code and wish to make a formal complaint please see make a complaint about a councillor.
To view individual members' interests go to the Democracy portal, where you can search by councillor name, ward or political party.
Declarations of interest
Elected councillors, and anyone that has been co-opted onto a committee of the Council, must declare interests in relation to:
- any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried out for profit or gain
- any companies in which they are a remunerated director
- sponsorships received
- contracts between them and the council, or contracts with companies they are involved in
- land in the area of the city council they own or control or have an interest in
- licences to occupy land in the city
- corporate tenancies where the council is the landlord
- securities, significant shareholdings worth more than £25,000
- bodies to which they are appointed or nominated by the council
- interests in charities, societies and other bodies
- gifts and hospitality received in excess of £100 in value
All declarations of interest, gifts and hospitality can be found on the individual councillors pages.
Member's expenses and allowances
Members of the Council are not paid but do receive a basic allowance to cover their time spent working as councillors and any associated costs. Some councillors will receive an additional allowance if they take on an extra role, such as lead member. Expenses will be paid to cover and travel or costs incurred while undertaking council work.
The Mayor's Office is responsible for administering the Members' Allowance Scheme and therefore oversees the receipt, processing and payment of all appropriate expense claims submitted by members.
You will find more information on the Members allowance scheme in the council's Constitution.