Councillors' Code: Review

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:00 pm on 24th January 2017.

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Photo of Paul Givan Paul Givan DUP 2:00 pm, 24th January 2017

I do, and the consultation reflects that, but, clearly, where there are quasi-judicial decisions to be taken, for example around planning or to do with licensing, it is important that the code of conduct as it currently applies will continue to be that way. Obviously, local government reflective of all of the political parties raised issues around other aspects of council activities and councillors and committees and decision-making processes and felt that the current code of conduct presented challenges around that. This is a two-pronged approach: one very clearly having the quasi-judicial aspect and then the consultation that reflects the changes to do with the other aspects of the council.