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Declarations of Interest 
Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (DPI) 


Where a Member has a new or registered DPI in a matter under consideration they must 
disclose that they have an interest and, unless the Monitoring Officer has agreed in advance 
that the DPI is a ‘Sensitive Interest’, explain the nature of that interest at the meeting. The 
Member must withdraw from the meeting at the commencement of the consideration of any 
matter in which they have declared a DPI and must not participate in any discussion of, or 
vote taken on, the matter unless they have been granted a dispensation permitting them to 
do so. If during the consideration of any item a Member becomes aware that they have a 
DPI in the matter they should declare the interest immediately and, subject to any 
dispensations, withdraw from the meeting. 


Other Significant Interest (OSI) 


Where a Member is declaring an OSI they must also disclose the interest and explain the 
nature of the interest at the meeting. The Member must withdraw from the meeting at the 
commencement of the consideration of any matter in which they have declared a OSI and 
must not participate in any discussion of, or vote taken on, the matter unless they have been 
granted a dispensation to do so or the meeting is one at which members of the public are 
permitted to speak for the purpose of making representations, answering questions or giving 
evidence relating to the matter. In the latter case, the Member may only participate on the 
same basis as a member of the public and cannot participate in any discussion of, or vote 
taken on, the matter and must withdraw from the meeting in accordance with the Council's 
procedure rules. 


Voluntary Announcement of Other Interests (VAOI) 


Where a Member does not have either a DPI or OSI but is of the opinion that for 
transparency reasons alone s/he should make an announcement in respect of a matter 
under consideration, they can make a VAOI. A Member declaring a VAOI may still remain at 
the meeting and vote on the matter under consideration. 


Note to the Code: 

Situations in which a Member may wish to make a VAOI include membership of outside 
bodies that have made representations on agenda items; where a Member knows a person 
involved, but does not have a close association with that person; or where an item would 
affect the well-being of a Member, relative, close associate, employer, etc. but not his/her 
financial position. It should be emphasised that an effect on the financial position of a 
Member, relative, close associate, employer, etc OR an application made by a Member, 
relative, close associate, employer, etc would both probably constitute either an OSI or in 
some cases a DPI.