P-05-845 End Conflict of Interest in Local Authority Constitution


P-05-845 End Conflict of Interest in Local Authority Constitution

This petition was submitted by Emma Eynon, having collected 56 signatures.

Text of Petition

We, the undersigned, call on the Welsh Government to enforce better code of conduct policies for employees in local authorities. Currently, planning authority officers are able to run private planning consultancy companies at the same time as maintaining their public roles. There is no available resource to invest in policing these private firms, where declared in the necessary forms, to ensure the prevention of fraud and corruption. In the example of planning officers, running private consultancies 'on the side' could potentially facilitate corruption, of which there are many types, generally relating to the abuse of office. This practice needs to be stopped immediately and the constitutions amended to no longer allow this conduct. We demand greater accountability and transparency from our local authorities and standards of conduct in such public roles need to be set higher than the private sector, where this is highly unacceptable.



This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 03/12/19.

In the absence of evidence of conflict of interest, and the information about existing safeguards provided by the Welsh Government and the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Committee agreed to close the petition.

Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 23/10/2018.


Assembly Constituency and Region

  • Neath
  • South Wales West


Further information


Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 11/10/2018