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USE OF COUNCIL RESOURCES & FACILITIES

As part of their role as elected members, councillors are supplied with items such as stationery, mobile phones and computers so that they are able to do their jobs.

This is covered in Section 75C of the Local Government Act 1989 which states that local governments supply councillors with the resources and facilities necessary for them to undertake their duties.

USING RESOURCES FOR NON-COUNCIL BUSINESS

Each council will specify and pay for the resources and facilities that councillors need to do their jobs. Councils should not pay for non-council business use. It’s therefore important that councils have systems in place which allow councillors to track and pay for any private use of council-supplied equipment.

Councillors must not use other council resources or facilities for personal benefit either. This includes using council equipment and facilities for electoral purposes or enlisting staff to help with private business.

Using council resources for personal benefit may be subject to prosecution if it constitutes a misuse of position.

FACT

“Council equipment and resources should be used for council purposes.”

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