If you consider you have both a personal and prejudicial interest in any matter to be discussed by your council and the majority of members at your council have similar interests, you can use this form to make an application to the Standards Committee of South Kesteven District Council for dispensation.
The New Standards Committee (Further Provisions) (England) Regulations 2009 specify that dispensations may be granted if:
(i) More than half the members of a Council entitled to vote at a meeting are prohibited from doing so because they have both a personal and prejudicial interest in a matter to be discussed; or
(ii) the business of the Council will be impeded because the absence of members as a consequence of personal interests which are also prejudicial interests would upset the political balance of the meeting to such an extent as to prejudice the outcome of voting in that meeting.
The Standards Committee will consider the applications for dispensation at the first meeting after receipt. The Committee normally meets every other month (the actual meeting dates can be found on our web site www.southkesteven.gov.uk), so it is important to send in an application as soon as a potential problem is known. The Standards Committee may convene an extraordinary meeting (if members are available to do so and the chairman or vic-chairman in the chairman's absence consider it appropriate to do so) to consider a dispensation request if it is urgent.
Consequently, the Standards Committee will weigh up:
The Committee can decide the nature of any dispensation it grants. It could decide to allow a member to speak but not vote or to fully participate and vote.
Until such a dispensation is granted a Councillor with a prejudicial interest may not participate in the consideration of the matter before the Council (or any Committee or Sub-Committee) other than in the capacity as a member of the public in accordance with paragraphy 12(2) of the Members' code of conduct where that paragraph has been adopted by the council involved.
Applications for dispensation must be submitted in writing. This includes fax and electronic submissions. However, in line with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 2000, we can make reasonable adjustments to assist you if you have a disability that prevents you from making your complaint in writing.
We can also help if English is not your first language.
If you need any support in completing this form, please let us know as soon as possible.
If you have any queries could you please contact: the Monitoring Officer at South Kesteven District Council, Council Offices, St Peter's Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ
Tel: 01476 406105