The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published the guide on Openess and Transparency which applies to councillors. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/240134/Openness_and_transparency_on_personal_interests.pdf Quote: They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships. If you have a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not recorded in the register and which relates to any business that is or will be considered at a meeting where you are present, you must disclose this to the meeting and tell the monitoring officer about it. This brings us to Anston Parish councillor Judy Dalton and her Gangs and Grooming business. http://gangsandgroomingeducation.vpweb.co.uk/Contact-Us.html which is run from her home address (in Dinnington) and also involves her husband and daughter.
What are pecuniary interests? A person’s pecuniary interests are their business interests (for example their trade, profession, contracts or any company they are associated with) Dalton + Gangs and Grooming=Pecuniary Interest. Dalton was Adviser to Cabinet Member for Safeguarding Children and Adults (May 2012 to May 2013) and Chair of Licensing Board (May 2013 to date) Licensing Committee (May 2013 to date) She has never disclosed her business interest to RMBC’s Monitoring Officer Jacqui Collins who, it must be said, is about as effective as an handbrake on a canoe. Collins has given one of her minions, Neil Concannon, Service Solicitor, the responsibility for dealing with this and his view (read opinion) is “This (information) does not mean Cllr.Dalton has an interest in the Gangs and Grooming business”. Which part of ‘disclosable pecuniary interests’ does Concannon not understand? Why is Concannon-following orders from Collins-protecting Dalton? What does the Monitoring Officer really know about the scale of CSE in Rotherham and Dalton’s Gangs and Grooming business? The guidance from the DCLG is quite clear: You must declare all business interests. The Legal Services department at RMBC chooses to turn away from an uncomfortable truth and pretend this is not a problem. This head-in-the-sand attitude was the main reason why Rotherham council was criticised as a failure and why five Commissioners were appointed to exercise proper control.